Clifftops – revealed


We have just completed this exciting project on the Jurassic coastline in Dorset. Clifftops comprises five permanent, new-build, holiday lodges.

The Clifftop site is located between two listed castles, and sits directly above a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Forming part of the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic coastline, the lodges are designed to maximise views out across the English Channel, whilst providing an overtly contextual aesthetic to complement the rugged landscape surrounding the highly sensitive site.

The lodges, which replace six static caravans, are carved into the existing bedrock, with the grounds of Pennsylvania Castle flowing down over the top of them to form an expansive roof terrace. This minimises their visual impact, both from the Castle and from coastal views.

Local Portland stone was specified, which is quarried from the immediate vicinity and this is combined with copper panels that will age over time, allowing the lodges to appear hewn from the cliff face giving an ageless quality.