Ben Cunliffe Architects and Sarah Jane Nielsen win at International Property Awards
Ben Cunliffe Architects Ltd and Sarah Jane Nielsen Interiors Ltd have respectively won Leisure Architect and Hotel Interior Design for the North West at the International Property Awards. Their ‘project’ was the fabulous new Spa Lodges at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Windermere.
The objective of the International Property Awards is to recognise excellence in the property industry worldwide and to promote an international standard. The judging panel included Lord Caithness, Lord Best and the Earl of Liverpool. The winning designs were judged by the International Property Awards panel of highly regarded industry experts to be ‘among the most innovative, exceptional, and ambitious projects of 2016’.
In January 2016, Gilpin Hotel & Lake House launched five luxurious detached lodges, each cedar-clad with open plan bedrooms, gorgeous bathrooms and a fabulously private en-suite spa each (with treatment area, steam room, rain maker shower, free standing oval stone bath, outdoor sauna and hydrotherapy hot tub surrounded by a walled garden with wonderful views over the gardens to the Lake District moors), along with mood lighting, fires, electric blinds and a state-of-the-art music system – invigorating all of the senses.
Ben Cunliffe worked closely with his family – who own and run Gilpin Hotel & Lake House – designing and project managing the five new Spa Lodges. “We are delighted to have been recognised as Leisure Architect at the International Property Awards,” he said. “We have worked extremely hard over the last 10 years to build a great working relationship with Lake District National Park to be able to produce modern sustainable architecture within the National Park.”
Sarah Jane Nielson is equally delighted with the recognition. She said: “We were absolutely thrilled to hear that we have been awarded this prestigious accolade. Each of the five Spa Lodge concepts was inspired by the heritage of the area and influences from our global travels, which resulted in bespoke schemes for each lodge with inspirations from Scandinavia, the Middle East, America and North Africa.”