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Nestled within 93 acres of stunning West Sussex parkland overlooking the South Downs, South Lodge country house hotel has a rich history dating back to the late 19th century. It was built in 1883 by Frederick Du Cane Godman, who had inherited a fortune through his family’s connection to the Whitbread brewing company.

The renowned naturalist subsequently developed late-Victorian woodland and an informal garden on the estate using a vast collection of more than 360 tree species. South Lodge then remained in the Godman family until the house was bought by Exclusive Hotels and Venues in 1985, and turned into a high-end country retreat.

As part of the family-run Exclusive portfolio, which also includes sister property Pennyhill Park in Surrey, the luxurious hotel accommodation at South Lodge now comprises 84 individually designed guest bedrooms, many of which enjoy views of the grounds, and a separate six-bedroom Bothy Cottage.

In 2012 the decision was taken to add a spa that would “push the boundaries of the spa experience”, says Danny Pecorelli, managing director of Exclusive Hotels and Venues. “South Lodge has always had a great reputation for its food and its stunning location, so it seemed the most logical next step to add a spa into the mix,” he explains. “We wanted an offering that reflected the natural landscape of the South Downs; one at the forefront of food and spa trends and that fully utilised the views and space.”

Exclusive Hotels and Venues vision was brought to life with architecture by Felce & Guy Partners, led by John Chapman, and interior design from Sparcstudio. According to Pecorelli, collaboration between “a great team of dedicated and hugely talented individuals who all bought into the vision” led to the opening of the 4,087sqm spa, which cost £15m, in March 2019.

Aiming to provide an intuitive and relaxing spa journey for a diverse range of guests, The Spa at South Lodge was sustainably built around 40m to the west of the existing hotel with design inspiration drawn from the surrounding South Downs.

Set into the natural contours of the landscape, the spa’s desire to ‘bring the outside in’ includes an infinity-edge swimming pool with striking, dark green marble walls that connects the internal spa experience with the surrounding landscape and sun terrace. With panoramic views onto the spa gardens and a natural swimming pond, the reflection of the trees on the pool’s surface serves to deepen the spa’s connection to its surroundings.

Inside, the spa’s design melds the contemporary with the traditional. “The overall feel is relaxed and uplifting,” says Beverley Bayes, director of Sparcstudio. “The materials palette is very textural and combines end-grain timbers and Forest Green marble with linens, velvets and leathers in greens and rust shades. We designed bespoke furniture and features, including large, hand-selected log tables throughout the spa, and we have introduced subtle design touches to connect the spa with nature.”

“We wanted an offering that reflected the natural landscape of the South Downs; one at the forefront of food and spa trends and that fully utilised the views and space.”

Danny Pecorelli, Managing director, Exclusive Hotels and Venues

 

The Spa at South Lodge, UK

Owner: Exclusive Hotels and Venues Managing director: Danny Pecorelli

Spa operations manager: Sara Young

Spa project manager: Elspeth

Reeves Size: 4,087sqm

Design: John Chapman, Felce & Guy architecture and Sparcstudio Treatment rooms: 14 (13 single, 1 double) plus a mud room, a two-chair Barbering by Grizzly’s and the Ridgeview Beauty Bar with

four manicure and two pedicure stations

Product partners: Omorovicza, Natural Spa Factory (creators of The Spa brand), Jessica, Mii Makeup and Mii Brows

Other suppliers: Ellisons, Garten Art; Technogym, WaterRower, Paul Mitchell, TyloHelo, WoodWay, Origin Fitness, 4 Senses Loungers

 

European Spa Magazine is published by Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

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Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

European Spa Magazine is published by Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1
business magazine for spa and wellness

European Spa Magazine is published by
Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

Nestled within 93 acres of stunning West Sussex parkland overlooking the South Downs, South Lodge country house hotel has a rich history dating back to the late 19th century. It was built in 1883 by Frederick Du Cane Godman, who had inherited a fortune through his family’s connection to the Whitbread brewing company.

The renowned naturalist subsequently developed late-Victorian woodland and an informal garden on the estate using a vast collection of more than 360 tree species. South Lodge then remained in the Godman family until the house was bought by Exclusive Hotels and Venues in 1985, and turned into a high-end country retreat.

As part of the family-run Exclusive portfolio, which also includes sister property Pennyhill Park in Surrey, the luxurious hotel accommodation at South Lodge now comprises 84 individually designed guest bedrooms, many of which enjoy views of the grounds, and a separate six-bedroom Bothy Cottage.

In 2012 the decision was taken to add a spa that would “push the boundaries of the spa experience”, says Danny Pecorelli, managing director of Exclusive Hotels and Venues. “South Lodge has always had a great reputation for its food and its stunning location, so it seemed the most logical next step to add a spa into the mix,” he explains. “We wanted an offering that reflected the natural landscape of the South Downs; one at the forefront of food and spa trends and that fully utilised the views and space.”

Exclusive Hotels and Venues vision was brought to life with architecture by Felce & Guy Partners, led by John Chapman, and interior design from Sparcstudio. According to Pecorelli, collaboration between “a great team of dedicated and hugely talented individuals who all bought into the vision” led to the opening of the 4,087sqm spa, which cost £15m, in March 2019.

Aiming to provide an intuitive and relaxing spa journey for a diverse range of guests, The Spa at South Lodge was sustainably built around 40m to the west of the existing hotel with design inspiration drawn from the surrounding South Downs.

Set into the natural contours of the landscape, the spa’s desire to ‘bring the outside in’ includes an infinity-edge swimming pool with striking, dark green marble walls that connects the internal spa experience with the surrounding landscape and sun terrace. With panoramic views onto the spa gardens and a natural swimming pond, the reflection of the trees on the pool’s surface serves to deepen the spa’s connection to its surroundings.

Inside, the spa’s design melds the contemporary with the traditional. “The overall feel is relaxed and uplifting,” says Beverley Bayes, director of Sparcstudio. “The materials palette is very textural and combines end-grain timbers and Forest Green marble with linens, velvets and leathers in greens and rust shades. We designed bespoke furniture and features, including large, hand-selected log tables throughout the spa, and we have introduced subtle design touches to connect the spa with nature.”

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