Ben Cunliffe Architects are very proud to see that one of our designs has been featured in a Houzz Ideabook.

Entitled, ‘28 Homes That Will Make You Wish You Lived in the Middle of Nowhere,’ the article features the Gilpin Spa amongst some of the best remote buildings in the world.

Set in a 100 acre private estate overlooking a tarn the property is set in one of the most magical spots in the Lake District. A site of special scientific interest (‘SSSI’) meant that a building would not be allowed to stand on the water’s edge. So a clever design elevating the building into the tree canopy evolved. The building was clad in the native larch timber and left untreated it would gradually silver and blend in with the surrounding woodland.

The building is approached along a woodland path, which at this time of year is carpeted with the native wild daffodils. A small bridge connects the path to the building and you enter a delightfully cosy Nordic style reception area. From here you are led into the treatment rooms which have commanding views over the private lake. The treatment rooms have been divided with a very clever pocket sliding door arrangement which allow the rooms to be opened up into one large room for couple’s treatments.

Although strictly speaking the Gilpin Spa is not a home there is absolutely no reason why the design could not be adapted to be so. The clever use of steel and wood means that it could be adapted for tricky hill side slopes, something we are very familiar with here in the Lake District.

With more than 40 million monthly users, Houzz is an excellent platform for us to showcase our business. You can follow us on Houzz here and you can read the full article here