Sparcstudio reveal the newly designed Spa at South Lodge
Sparcstudio, an independent, creative design studio with a reputation for excellence in the spa, wellness, hotel and resort sectors has collaborated on one of 2019’s most highly anticipated spa openings, The Spa at South Lodge, an Exclusive Hotel.
The 4,120 square metre spa, set in the rolling hills of the South Downs in Sussex is a stand-alone building designed to embrace the natural setting, bringing the outside in and the inside out. Danny Pecorelli, Managing Director of Exclusive Hotels & Venues appointed Sparcstudio as the Interior Architects/Spa Designers responsible for the overall spa concept from space planning and the spa journey to the contemporary lighting design, thermal suite cabins, joinery interior finishes as well the contemporary bespoke furniture design.
Pecorelli says: “I chose Sparcstudio to work with because I liked their design. We have worked together on other smaller projects, we did some upgrades at Pennyhill Park and the Manor House Castle Coombe. It boils down to a comfort in their understanding of the brief and their knowledge of the project. Exclusive Hotels are all about the attention to detail and so are Sparcstudio.”
Pecorelli concludes: “I am genuinely, above and beyond delighted with the end result of the project working with Sparcstudio. It’s the quality and feel and the attention to detail. For example, in the sauna, you get the wow factor that we wanted, and everybody comments on it.”
Sparcstudio worked in partnership with Architects Felce and Guy to ensure a synergy with the building and interior spa experience. Offering a personalised, tailored service from conceptual design and space planning to the finishing touches, sparcstudio has created an inspired contemporary space throughout the building which creates a sense of comfort and relaxation with botanical themed, richly textured fabrics and materials throughout. Much of the design concept was inspired by South Lodge’s botanical history dating back to the 1800’s. Frederick DuCane Godman, a British naturalist and plant collector built the original house and surrounding gardens with over 360 species of trees and plants sourced from the Azores, Caribbean and Central & South America.
Renowned for its truly ‘bespoke’ design approach to every development, sparcstudio has created a unique ‘sense of place’ at The Spa at South Lodge, embracing the surrounding environment, while capturing the individuality of the beautiful country setting.
A design journey through the spa
Arrival at reception on the upper level is light and bright with large picture window frames offering views of the historical Rhododendron gardens. From the reception area, guests can access the spa lounge and restaurant, the treatment zones or travel down to the other areas of the spa. This level features two unique concepts, the elegant ‘Ridgeview Beauty Bar’ combining nail bar and pedicure suite which serves Ridgeview Sparking wine. Grizzlys Male grooming bar designed with a forest green colour scheme in the style of a traditional modern barber shop.
The Botanica Spa Restaurant
The Botanic Spa Restaurant incorporates a spa lounge and bar leading through to a light airy 70 seat restaurant. Light and bright, it boasts a double height space with timber lined curving roof and an exciting ‘Display kitchen’ for added theatre. Fold back glass doors along one entire side of the restaurant lead onto a dining terrace with views onto the spa garden, natural swimming pool, cascading ornamental pools and South Downs.
Bayes says “the overall feel of Botanica is relaxed and uplifting with the sweeping double height timber clad curved ceiling opening out via fold back doors to the terrace We have designed bespoke furniture and features throughout including large hand-selected log tables, and we have selected materials that are very textural and combine linens and velvets and leathers in greens and rust shades.”
14 nature themed treatment rooms each bearing the name and design inspiration from the gardens include rose, camellia, juniper, rosemary. The pre and post treatment deep relaxation and refresh lounge is sublime, defined by two distinct zones including a deep relax with ‘Four Senses’ experiential beds and a lighter relax area with floor to ceiling slot windows overlooking the spa gardens.
Thermal suite and pools
Sparcstudio has created luxurious dressing rooms with marble and etched glass showers and relaxing social spaces with comfy sofas, tiled rugs and bookcases, all bespoke designed to create a ‘club-like’ feel. The Thermal Suite with candle lit relaxation zone overlooks the spa terrace, hydro-pool and features a series of iconic, bespoke experiences designed by sparcstudio including: Panoramic Juniper infused sauna with organic profiled timber fins from wall to ceiling and full height glazing overlooking the gardens. The space includes Marble lined salt steam room, Aromatic Herbal bath infused with Camomile and hot experiential shower and cold drench. Guests can relax on the curved heated seating area with slatted Iroko hardwood candlelit screen. The ‘Jewel in the crown’ on this level is the Forest Green marble lined, candlelit pool hall. A stunning indoor infinity edge ozone treated pool is surrounded by relaxation beds with panoramic views onto the spa gardens and external pools. Subtle design touches bring the outside in with a botanical themed display stand evoking thoughts of herbal infusions, connecting the spa with nature.
The gym and fitness area feature the latest high-tech equipment with an urban retro look interiorand a dedicated external fitness deck all overlooking the spa garden. Beverley Bayes, Sparcstudio says: “We have gone for an edgy contemporary urban feel for the gym with old school style dark oak parquet flooring, concrete render effect walls, and huge illuminated mirrors.” Adjacent to this is a dedicated ‘state-of- the- art’ Spin studio and a separate, serene studio space lined with full height mirrors and ballet barre to one wall and floor to ceiling slot windows overlooking the mature rhododendron gardens to the rear.
Guests can venture to the beautiful outdoor spa garden. The upper spa terrace boasts relaxation beds and a fire pit with a large Infinity edge hydropool overlooking the gardens below. The lower spa terrace is an extensive decked relaxation area surrounding a reed fringed 18m long ‘Natural’ heated outdoor swimming pool, all served by a lounge bar area with Champagne Pool Bar.
Balancing light and shade
Lighting design is an integral element of each of the projects created by Sparcstudio and enables the property to finely balance light and shade, create atmospheric and theatrical spaces, that have real ‘heart and soul’. At The Spa at South Lodge Sparcstudio has At The Spa at South Lodge Sparcstudio has used a combination of natural light and energy efficient, discreet and decorative lighting solutions to enhance the beauty of the natural materials palette, and enhance the guest experience with subtle and intuitive way-finding and flattering lighting.