We created this eco-luxury spa so that the building is buried within the landscape, emerging under a living roof of chamomile, lavender and thyme. This pioneering design meets the client’s aspirations: the building’s volume and footprint are minimal and the spa is intimately related to its sensitive green belt setting.

The spa is oriented to the sun’s path to maximise the natural light it receives with the exterior windows incorporating solar efficient glazing and overhanging eaves to avoid solar gain.

Lime hemp walling contributes to the spa’s carbon negative design and a biomass boiler and ground water heat transfer system meet 50% of the spa’s energy demands. The green agenda was applied throughout to create a truly eco-luxury environment.


  • Awards: Conde Nast Traveller Best Hotel Spa UK
  • Conde Nast Traveller Best Hotel Spa – ranked #5 in the world
  • The Good Guide’s Sparkling New Spa Award
  • Lighting Design Low Carbon/High Glamour Award
  • European Hotel Design Awards: Sustainable Design (Finalist)
  • Sustain Magazine Award (Shortlisted)
  • RIBA Award (Shortlisted)