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The Newt in Somerset 


The Newt in Somerset is a reimagining of the 230-year-old Hadspen House estate into a luxury hospitality experience with public areas and gardens. The lighting design acts as the cohesive element that unites the many facilities of the project.

The hotel is centred in the main house with several historic ancillary buildings hosting additional guest rooms and suites. In the spa, hotel guests are offered unique, relaxing experiences. From the stunning pool with its many layered ambient effects to rear-lit halotherapy salt walls, indirectly lit hammam, rasul, sauna, steam, and treatment rooms, lighting design enhances the atmosphere of luxury. 

In public areas, the threshing barn, with its soaring uplit wood-slatted ceiling, acts as a welcome centre and exhibition space. The cider press, shop, cider house, café & glasshouse all utilise similar lighting elements for continuity. 

The 720 acre (290 hectare) landscape is minimally lit to leave the countryside undisturbed preserving the farmhouse atmosphere, while still providing visual landmarks for guests to safely navigate at night. Selected trees are lit with small profile, high-powered spotlights.







Highly Commended

Hotel Project of the Year

2020 Lighting Design Awards



Simon Morray-Jones

Richard Parr Architects

B2 Architects

Studio Mark Ruthven


Electrical Engineers

BJP Consulting 

Martin Thomas Associates

Electrical Contractors



General Contractors

Beard Construction 

Stonewood Builders

Ken Biggs

Quantity Surveyors

Currie & Brown


Gavriil Papadiotis

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