Daffodil Hotel & Spa
Situated in a breath-taking landscape by the shores of the Grasmere in the Lake District, the Daffodil Hotel and Spa combines contemporary, stylish interiors with the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding area.
Bringing a whole new concept to the Lake District, the refurbished Daffodil Hotel is not your typical hotel within the area, creating an impact for when guests enter the building. Contemporary and dramatic, the hotel features the use of dark materials juxtaposing against lighter materials.
The overhaul took place as a result of the flooding that occurred within the area in December 2015 – the hotel was flooded throughout and so a comprehensive refurbishment of the entire ground floor was carried out. Developments on the reception area, bar lounge and function room successfully concluded and these areas have received excellent feedback from guests as a result.
Andy McCluskey, Design Director at APM Design, told Premier Hospitality:
“Despite the distressing time with the flooding, the refurbishment has given them the opportunity to create a brand new look for the reception and the bar/lounge area. Enhancing the spa was also an essential part of the project, introducing a fresh design to the space.”
Luxurious, stylish and comfortable, the hotel offers 78 rooms and suites, alongside the opportunity to dine in the restaurant that presents beautiful views of the lake, whilst enjoying delicious food from the menu crafted by the creative Executive Chef, Graham Harrower.
Adding warmth to the space, LED backlit panels have been placed around the reception desk front, acting as a focal feature and drawing guests in. Polished stainless steel panels also display a modern feature to the reception.
What was formerly an open plan lounge to reception, has now been altered with the addition of a steel framed glazed screen with large curtain doors, dividing the space and defining the lounge as its own area. A luxurious and elegant design is conveyed with bespoke carpets alongside an extensive use of copper, for example with the bar top and the back bar.
Open to guests from Monday 5th September, developments on the lavish spa are still currently underway. Offering the ideal spot for the ultimate getaway, the well-equipped spa will allow guests to unwind, relax and rejuvenate.
In contrast with the rest of the hotel, the spa portrays a light and airy design with a tranquil atmosphere, encouraging the unwinding process. A white base is complemented by an aqua palette, presenting the perfect environment for the spa facilities.
“We have used what I can only describe as a semi-translucent acrylic for the spa reception desk, which again fits in perfectly with the spa elements. There are some exposed original Lakeland slate walls, which were revealed as part of the refurbishment, which is quite nice; and also a contrast to the rest of the hotel.
“Walking through the reception, guests are greeted with a concierge to the right and a bar/lounge area. Behind the reception there is an entrance followed by a corridor which leads to the spa, which includes the pool, changing areas and treatment rooms.”
Dining at the Daffodil means undertaking a culinary journey, whether that involves comfort food favourites with a fine dining twist or specialities designed specifically by the chef. High quality, locally sourced ingredients are combined to create irresistible dishes, presented in a beautiful and modern way.
The Dining Room Menu includes starters such as seared, hand-dived scallops, goat’s cheese and beetroot tart, and corn-fed chicken with red pepper and parmesan risotto. Mouth-watering mains include 28 day aged Scottish beef fillet, half a grilled lobster served with hollandaise sauce and spiced Cumbrian lamb shank.
“One of the biggest challenges was creating something that was going to impress a client who already had a prestigious hotel in the first place! Meeting those high standards that were already in place was challenging, however I believe we have managed it.
“Working on this project means a lot to us because the Daffodil is such a high profile, well-respected hotel within the Lake District. It is one of the Lake District’s flagship hotels, so for us as designers, to be associated with it is fantastic.”
Since beginning operation in 2009, Buildzone specialise in fast track insurance restoration and repair, new build and refurbishment as well as reactive and planned maintenance.
Previously they have worked at Windermere Marina Village, Ye Olde Bath House and Old England Hotel (Bowness-On-Windermere), Crathorne Hall Hotel (Yarm), Walkabout Bar (Blackpool), Lakeland Village Club (Newby Bridge), Tresspass Store (Keswick), Cockermouth Conservative Club (Cockermouth) and Furmanite International Ltd (Kendal).
At the Daffodil Hotel, Buildzone carried out the reinstatement works to the entire ground floor of the hotel, including reconstruction of the pool, spa areas, changing rooms, treatment rooms, reception and bar areas, suites and conference rooms.
Premier Hospitality caught up with Managing Director David Roberts to find out more about why they felt it was important to be involved in the Daffodil Hotel project. David told us:
“Both the client and insurers wanted Buildzone UK involved in this project. Our reputation for achieving very ambitious programmes of work, whilst maintaining the highest standard of workmanship and site control, meant we were the ideal choice. We, in turn, were very keen to work with such a prestigious client on a flagship project”
“We pride ourselves on a caring attitude – understand through vast experience the personal trauma caused by insurance related incidents. We are able to deal with those affected with compassion and professionalism whilst offering efficiency and outstanding service to the insurer and policy holder alike. We also are extremely proud of our hard earned reputation because of our swift response, ‘can do’ attitude and excellent customer service.”
The Daffodil Hotel & Spa was the first project for Noble Russell with APM Design. Noble Russell were asked to turnaround a free standing banquette in a very short amount of time but were happy to take on the project.
The six metre banquette consisted of three sections upholstered in dark blue fluted leather. It stands on turned beech legs that have been stained and lacquered in a black finish.
The finished piece is understated and sophisticated which fulfils the design brief from APM Design.
The Owner of the Daffodil Hotel and Spa, Mark Brady was delighted with Noble Russell’s whole service, commenting: “Noble Russell’s installers were very professional and installed cleanly and without fuss and we all think the bench looks great.”
More information on Noble Russell can be found on their website: www.noblerussell.co.uk.