HSBC helps fund luxury lodge in Hastings from Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces

A luxury lodge featured on Channel 4 has opened its doors in the middle of an old growth forest.

Completed in October 2022, Looking Glass Lodge features a glass fronted design in the heart of a forest.

The lodge, which has been designed to be sustainable, including locally sourced flowers and key fobs, benefited from £200,000 in funding provided by HSBC.

Speaking on the lodge’s website, owners Rik and Lindsay Goodman said: “In designing the lodge, biophilic principles were paramount to us. Through this we wanted to create a closer connection to nature through the way the lodge was built, using natural resources to create a sense of harmony between the architecture and the natural world.

The Argus: the lodge's floating wood stovethe lodge’s floating wood stove (Image: Tom Vogel)

“We have worked hard to combine luxury with sustainable, green credentials and new technologies. The lodge has been carefully built by local craftsmen and offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere inside with all the comforts you could need.”

The lodge is set next to a giant redwood tree in a wooded area near Fairlight in Hastings and was featured on George Clarke’s Channel 4 show Amazing Spaces.

The project includes full-height picture windows, as well as a stone bath and a floating wood-burning stove.

The Argus: The lodge's stone bathThe lodge’s stone bath (Image: Tom Vogel)

The open-plan lodge also includes underfloor heating, designer furniture and a record player.

Looking Glass Lodge benefited from £200,000 funding from HSBC which enabled the project to use mainly local companies and artisans for development.

Mr and Mrs Goodman said they were “extremely grateful” to the bank, which helped make the project “much easier” than expected.

The Argus: Mirror Hutmirror hut (Image: Tom Vogel)

Ashley Morley, Relationship Manager at HSBC UK added: “We are delighted to support innovative start-up companies like Looking Glass Lodge. This new living concept will offer visitors a unique experience and contribute to the local economy.”

The lodge also offers on-site photo sessions, as well as spa sessions and a selection of home-cooked meals.

The exterior of the Argus: Looking Glass LodgeSpiegelhütte from the outside (Image: Tom Vogel)

Bookings costing £590 for a two night stay are now being taken on the lodge’s website. HSBC helps fund luxury lodge in Hastings from Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces

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