Gilpin Hotel’s Spa Lodges’ talented architect wins big for sensational style

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The architectural firm behind the new spa lodges at Gilpin Hotel in Cumbria has scooped the title of Best International Leisure Architecture at the International Property Awards in London.

Ben Cunliffe Architects beat off stiff competition to be crowned the winner by the judges at the awards, which aim to recognise excellence in the property industry worldwide.

Ben Cunliffe worked together with his family, who own Gilpin Hotel in the Lake District, in designing and managing the project for the five new spa lodges, which opened in January 2016.

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Each larch-clad eco pod has an open plan bedroom, bathroom and a private en-suite spa including treatment area, steam room, rain maker shower, free standing oval stone bath, outdoor sauna and hydrotherapy hot tub.

The Spa Lodges are surrounded by a curved Cumbrian slate walled garden and project off the ground with views over the gardens to the Lake District landscape, along with mood lighting, fires, electric blinds and a music system.

The spa lodges are insulated, with an environmentally monitored heat control, and centrally heated through an on-site Biomass district heating system.

Barney Cunliffe, managing director of Gilpin Hotel and Lake House commented: “This is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved. It is an award that celebrates not only the architecture but the support of the National Park and our talented local craftsmen, without their help we would not have been able to put these buildings together.”

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