The 4,120m² Spa at South Lodge, an exclusive hotel in the South Downs in Sussex, has opened to reveal an array of Caesarstone quartz surfaces designed by Sparcstudio, an independent creative design studio highly regarded in the spa, wellness, hotel and resort sectors, in collaborated with architects Felce & Guy.
Caesarstone was the surface material of choice throughout the project. Sparcstudio’s Director Beverley Bayes explains why. “We specify Caesarstone for lots of project because obviously with spa interiors the material has to be very robust and able to cope with water, heat, oils as well as all the bodies. From the aesthetic point of view, Caesarstone offers a wide range of luxurious and innovative designs, which we have used extensively through this project. We particularly love the Raw Concrete and Fresh Concrete surfaces which feature in the bespoke joinery and furniture.”
Caesarstone has also been used for all the worktops and for the pool columns and lantern niche surrounds, which are clad in Misty Carrera.
“We love the contemporary feel of Misty Carrera,” says Beverley. “It works beautifully on the pool columns and lantern niches and is a lovely combination with the more decorative elements.”
Steve Gibbs, Head of Commercial Architecture & Design at Caesarstone UK, says: “The Spa at South Lodge is a best in class example of how versatile Caesarstone quartz is. Sparcstudio have pushed the boundaries of what can be achieved with quartz by incorporating complex and innovate applications of Caesarstone into this project, including contemporary pool columns, seat and wall cladding within the sauna and steam rooms, lantern niche surroundings and beauty treatment counters.”
The Ridgeview Beauty Bar is a favourite of the designer. It combines a nail bar and pedicure suite and serves Ridgeview sparkling wine on tap. Caesarstone Frosty Carrina has been used for its polished finish that accents the backdrop of vineyards as well as withstanding any effects of the treatments.
Beverley Bayes: “For all our projects it is all about standing the test of time; being able to go back in four years’ time and it’s still looking really amazing. That’s where the attention to detail comes in. Selecting materials that will last in both form and function. And the extra touches, such as using Caesarstone blocks on the bottom of doors so you don’t get that capillary action of wet going all the way through, make all the difference when it comes to longevity.”
The Spa at South Lodge is owned by Exclusive Hotels. Managing Director Danny Pecorelli said of his new spa: “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. 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."
Caesarstone quartz used in the project was Misty Carrera, Frosty Carrina, Raw Concrete, Fresh Concrete, Ginger and Statuario Maximus.