The Springs Resort & Spa has been open for a few weeks now and we wanted to catch up with the interior guru behind the interior design.

We have worked with Harriet Lazzeri from Lazzeri Creative Interiors before when we were opening our stunning Rivendale Lodge Retreat. And earlier this year Rivendale was nominated in the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2021. So when we were designing The Springs we knew Harriet would be the perfect match for creating the most stunning rooms and bringing the stunning Tudor-style house back to life. Now that The Springs is open we have caught up with Harriet and asked some questions about all things interior design.

1. Who are you and what do you do?

I am Harriet Lazzeri; Interior Designer and Owner of Lazzeri Creative Interiors, Part-Time Interior Design Lecturer at De Montfort University, and Professional cocktail drinker😊

I live near Nottingham with my partner, stepdaughter and Border Terrier puppy Chewi.

The Springs Bar & Restaurant Designs by Harriet Lazzeri

2. When did you start to have an interest in interior design?

Initially it was all about Architecture for me – from about aged 12 I used to spend hours designing houses for myself and family. I went to uni in Liverpool to study Architecture, but after graduating I worked in a few Architecture practises and realised I was more interested in what was going on inside the buildings; how people used and moved through the spaces and how they made them feel.

So from that point on I redirected slightly to Interiors and joined a small company in Birmingham who specialised in office interiors, and have never looked back. I think the faster pace also appealed to me – some Architecture projects can take years just to get through planning whereas most Interior projects are finished much more quickly.

3. When did you start your company?

It was back in February 2018. I had moved from Birmingham to Nottingham about 6 months previously and was hating the commute back to Birmingham each day, which was taking me about 2 hours each way with all of the traffic. I had moved to Nottingham to move in with my partner and I felt like I saw him less! The company I worked for then made some redundancies in the wake of the Brexit vote and it just made sense for me to go – I worked freelance for them for a few months while I got the business up and running and it has gone from strength to strength.

The Springs Bedroom Designs by Harriet Lazzeri 1

4. What was your first impression of The Springs when you visited?

My first impression was that it had so much potential to be a really stunning space and how forlorn it looked all empty and fenced off.

It had such great bones with the ornate panelling, the high ceilings, the sweeping staircase and that amazing view over the millpond, but it was covered in mould and graffiti and unfortunately had damage from people breaking in. There was no electricity so walking around the basement using our phone lights and stepping over dead pigeons was an interesting experience!!

As soon as I walked around I was so excited to get back to the office and start designing, to bring the building back to its former glory.

5. Did you learn anything interesting about The Springs or the local area when researching?

So many things! And we have tried to feature or mention as many references as we could throughout the Reception building and the Clubhouse. The now Spa Reception features the only known replica of the ceiling in the Scottish hunting lodge of King James 1.

The first owner who commission the construction of the building was a diplomat called Sir Alexander Condie Stephen – he was feature in Vanity Fair magazine (you can see the portrait up on the First Floor landing). The second owner, Sir John Wormald, owned the company that invented the sprinkler system. He was hugely philanthropic within the nearby village of North Stoke and is held in high regard.

It was bought and converted into a hotel in 1973 by Ian Gillan the lead singer of Deep Purple, who also commissioned the guitar shaped swimming pool (unfortunately this had to be filled in!) The famous contralto Opera singer Dame Clara Butt lived nearby – the Willow Warbler suite is themed around her. Agatha Christie lived and wrote in nearby Wallingford. Rowse Honey are also based in nearby Wallingford.

The Springs Reception Designs by Harriet Lazzeri

6. What was the main inspiration for The Springs décor?

The design intent for the Springs encompassed a few things – it needed to celebrate the history and features of the building and feel like a country house again, but with a modern and quirky twist and some eclectic features.

I wanted the Bedroom Suites to all have their own identity – as they all have different sizes, shapes, windows and ceilings etc. it made sense that they weren’t all based on the same scheme, that some are more airy and others more cosy. I also thought it was important that whilst some elements were traditional, other areas were a bit of a surprise like the black basement corridor to the treatment rooms.

7. How did you incorporate golf into the designs?

Although there are some references to golf in the artwork in the building, the main golf items are in the Clubhouse. We felt it was important that the building be slightly separate in style from the golf theme as there may be suite or lodge guests who were more interested in other things such as walking, the countryside, the spa, nearby attractions etc. who we didn’t want to alienated by it being overly golf themed.

The Clubhouse has the Spike Bar which is very much designed around golf with lots of golf themed artwork, balls and clubs on display, with the rest of the building having more subtle nods to golf – a repeated texture is perforated panels used on the feature staircase chandelier and the counter front of the pro shop which references the pattern on a golf ball, and many of the other lighting pieces feature illuminated globes to emulate golf balls. Also look out for the feature golf ball display coffee table.

The Springs Spa & Pool Designs by Harriet Lazzeri

8. What was your inspiration for the pool décor specifically? It’s very outdoor/indoor type feel with the wallpaper

The theme behind the pool interior scheme is “ethereal nature”- with the misty tree mural, the view of the woods through the beautiful bay window and the timber slatted wall cladding I wanted guests to feel like they could be swimming in a clearing in a forest somewhere. We wanted to blur the lines between outside and inside, and create a feeling of being surrounded by nature.

9. What was your inspiration for the 1893 Spa?

For the Spa I was keen that we didn’t go down the route of Buddha’s and Lotus flowers as the spa is in an English country house and it didn’t feel very authentic. With the stunning Chiltern Hills and The Ridgeway as inspiration the design is centred around nature, combined with accentuating the existing beautiful period features such as the panelling and ceiling of the Spa Reception and Lounge, and using subtle references to period design with the Regency style teal paint and traditional crystal chandelier.

There are references to local flora and fauna throughout, with woodland scenes and natural timber finishes. Utilising the panelling in the Spa Lounge with feature wallpaper inserts creates a feeling of a traditional Victorian orangery, with beautiful views over the Millpond where the Springs got its name!

The Springs Bedroom Designs by Harriet Lazzeri 2

10. How much did the size of the bedrooms influence your bold colour choices?

Very much so! With some of them being quite small rooms we knew they needed to have a big impact and be full of quirky features. Some of the best hotels in cities around the world that have smaller bedrooms are so successful because they are bold with their designs. By using feature wallpapers and bold paintwork combined with stunning tiles in the bathrooms creates a luxurious feel, full of talking points.

11. How does it feel to see your designs come to life?

It’s one of my favourite parts of a project! There is always a slightly nerve wracking period where you question decisions but seeing it all come together in real life is worth the stress!

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12. If you could only choose one of the rooms you designed which would you choose?

Ooh that’s a tough one. Surprisingly one of my favourite rooms is the basement Relaxation Room – with timber slats on the walls, monochromatic tree wallpaper, draped curtains for privacy between the loungers and the warming fireplace it feels cosy and intimate and the perfect place for a snooze after a relaxing massage.

Why not come to The Springs Resort & Golf Club and see how Harriet designed all of the rooms. Relax and unwind in the spa or enjoy a bite to eat at The Ridgeway Restaurant.

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We had interior designer Harriet from Lazzeri Creative Interiors come to The Springs and work her magic on designing the resort interiors.

To give us an idea of what to expect we were presented with some incredible artist impressions that helped us picture what The Springs Resort & Golf Club was going to look like. And now that the resort is open for business we thought it would be a great time to reflect and look back at the designs and actual images of some of the rooms before. Check out the before, after and artist impression shots of various rooms around The Springs to see how they compare.



The Springs Before - Exterior


The Springs - Exterior



The Springs Before - Reception

artist impression…

The Springs Artist Impressions - Reception


bar & restaurant

artist impression…



spa & pool



The Springs Before - Pool

artist impression…

The Springs Artist Impressions - Spa & Pool


The Springs - Spa & Pool

spa reception


The Springs Before - Spa


The Springs - Spa

spa lounge


The Springs Before - Spa Lounge


The Springs - Spa Lounge


Thames Suite


The Springs Artist Impressions - Bedroom 01


The Springs - Bedroom 01

Orange Balsam Suite


The Springs - Bedroom 01


The Willow Warbler Suite



The Springs - Bedroom 03

Come and have a look for yourself and stay at The Springs for a night or two. It’s the perfect escape for all and can be a place that you can relax, unwind, play golf and enjoy some food.

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We are proud to say that our stunning Rivendale Lodge Retreat is a finalist in the Mixology North21 Project of the Year.

Mix Interiors is the leading magazine for UK commercial interior design and each year they have various different awards for things like flooring, loose furniture etc. And this year we are one of the finalists for the Mixology North21 Project of the Year – Bar & Leisure Interiors. The winners are revealed at the Mixology North21 Awards on 9th December 2021.

To create and design what Rivendale is known for today we partnered with NBDA Architects and Lazzeri Creative Interiors. Together they created a welcoming, relaxing and beautiful space where people can enjoy a bite to eat, something to drink or just a place to sit and chat. From the living green wall behind reception to the most beautiful toilets we think we have ever saw! Have a scroll through the images below to see why we are finalists in the Mixology North21 Awards.

Rivendale Lodge Retreat - Reception

Rivendale Lodge Retreat - The Corner Shop

Rivendale Lodge Retreat - Bar Area

Rivendale Lodge Retreat - Bar

Rivendale Lodge Retreat - Pool Table

Rivendale Lodge Retreat - Toilets

Rivendale Lodge Retreat - Bar & Restuarant

Rivendale Lodge Retreat - Restuarant

Rivendale Lodge Retreat - Restaurant Area

Why not come and see the beautiful Rivendale Lodge Retreat yourself and book an escape away?

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Enjoy the festive period this year and head over to Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat where you can enjoy our Christmas markets.


Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat

Lower Woodside Rd

Wooton Bridge

PO33 4JT


8th & 15th December 2021

what time?

11am till 3pm

what’s there?

A variety of Christmas market stalls including Christmas gifts, knitted toys, vegan sweets and fudge, wax melts, candles, handmade crafts, Wight Bakes and many more.


  • Very special visitor from the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
  • Treat yourself to a tea or coffee and a mince pie for just £2!

Woodside Bay Christmas Markets-min

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Darwin Escapes is celebrating the unveiling of its Springs Resort and Golf Club in Oxfordshire, following years of investment, culminating in the loving restoration of its 19th century Manor House into a boutique hotel and spa.

The resort – including hotel, spa and four new lakeside lodges – is located only 30 minutes from Oxford city centre, benefitting from easy access to major road networks but surrounded by rolling countryside.

The eight bedroom suites in the Manor House have each been individually designed to offer guests an intimate, chic and relaxing stay in the heart of Oxfordshire. A range of suite types are available and come with impressive bathrooms and all modern amenities.

Also new to the site is the 1893 Spa, named after the year the Manor House was originally built, and provides a wide range of treatments delivered by fully-trained therapists, plus a stunning spa lounge and a hydrotherapy pool with underwater ceramic beds.

Springs Resort has also unveiled four new two-bedroom Millpond lodges, all of which come with a hot tub and landscaped decking area with beautiful views across the millpond. A further 15 one-bedroom lodges and 27 hotel lodge rooms will be opening in spring 2022 to offer a wide variety of accommodation to guests.

For foodies, the newly renovated Springs clubhouse is home to The Ridgeway Restaurant, serving a selection of food with intimate lounge and bar areas, and a large terrace overlooking the golf course.

The Spa Pool at The Springs Resort & Golf Club The Ridgeway Restaurant at The Springs Resort & Golf Club

The Springs golf course provides an excellent experience with an 18-hole, par-72 course that tracks the River Thames through 133 acres of stunning Oxfordshire countryside. The opening of the new accommodation provides golfer travellers with the opportunity to stay and play from this winter.

Lindsey Esse, managing director of Darwin Escapes, said: “We are delighted to be unveiling the latest enhancements to Springs Resort and Golf Club, including the loving restoration of the historic Manor House.

“We look forward to welcoming guests for a truly unique experience in our intimate suites and luxury lodges.”

Golf Pro Shop at The Springs Resort & Golf Club Golf Course at The Springs Resort & Golf Club

Prices start from £169 for a 1 night stay in a boutique hotel suite and from £809 for a 7 night break in a Mill Pond Premier lodge.

Darwin Escapes currently operates 24 holiday resorts and three golf courses across the UK offering holiday breaks, holiday home ownership and golf breaks.

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Brother and sister holiday in Hele Bay 80 years after war-time escape.

For many people, returning to a holiday destination is about finding somewhere comfortable to go year-in-year-out, somewhere that feels like a home away from home, yet for Allan Deacon, and his sister, Pat, their return to a holiday resort near Ilfracombe in North Devon proved far more poignant.

Nearly 80 years ago, the young siblings were moved into a Devon home for a three-year spell, as the family was evacuated out of London by their father in the terrifying heights of the blitz of World War Two.

This Summer, Allan and Pat returned to Hele Bay to stay at Beach Cove Coastal Retreat by Darwin Escapes, marking an emotional return to the area, as they spent a week exploring their base from all those years ago.

Allan’s father arranged for the family – including his pregnant wife, cousins, and aunties – to take shelter from the regular bombardment that the capital had been taking from the German Luftwaffe. Pat was born soon after at a local Devon hospital.

Allan had given little thought to the building that provided their war-time retreat over the years, until a 2019 holiday in the area led him to spot a house he could remember very clearly. Incredibly, the exact building remained as part of Beach Cove Coastal Retreat, a holiday resort with 26 beach huts and three spacious one-bedroom apartments following a conversion of the house. Each apartment is equipped with stunning views of Hele Bay, as well as stylish interiors that include a lounge, kitchen and bedroom.

“When I visited Ilfracombe two years ago, as a detour on a previous trip, I was surprised to see virtually everything was the same as it was during the war. My memory is prompted by photos taken by my mother and aunties, and despite the house now being converted into spacious holiday apartments, I recognised the place that I had stayed immediately” Allan, 84, explained.

“The beautiful beach huts that have been constructed on the cliffs were the only big difference that I could see, so we headed into the office and agreed to come and stay at one of them. Sadly, with the lockdown, the stay got put back a couple of years, but we are glad to have been now, and thoroughly enjoyed our week there.”

Lindsey Esse, managing director of Darwin Escapes, said: “We were so excited to hear Allan and Pat’s story when they visited two years ago, and we were really happy for them to return to the area and stay with us – even if we ended up having to wait two years before we could host them!”

“For visitors, our beach huts offer a unique staycation experience with really stunning views, and we are glad that Allan and Pat got to enjoy these, as well as the memories of their time here 80 years ago.”

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Enjoy a magical and dazzling night spectating Kilnwick Percy Resort jaw-dropping Firework display on Saturday 6th November 2021.

General admission

  • Adults: £10
  • Children: £5 (under 12)

*Including one hotdog or burger per ticket holder*

Family admission

  •  2 adults + 2 children: £25

*Including one hotdog or burger per ticket holder*

VIP admission

  • Price: £25pp

*Including prime viewing, 2 course meal with tea and coffee, help yourself sweetie cart and preferential parking*

Call 01759 303090 to book your tickets NOW!!

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This year we attended the virtual Hoseasons Awards and we are proud to say that Darwin Escapes came home with 8 Awards for 2021!

The Hoseasons Awards are a prestigious event and one that is most looked forward to every year by holiday companies across the UK. Here at Darwin Escapes, we have proudly won multiple awards over the years and this year was no exception. All the awards won are based on customer experiences from the lovely reviews you leave for us on Revoo with our booking partner Hoseasons. Below is a full list of all the awards we are so proud to say we have won this year…

Rivendale Lodge Retreat

The Peak District

Interior shot of bar area with a range of seating available

Our Awards:

  • Best in Britain Food Award
  • Customer Choice Food Awards – Lodge Escape
  • Best Lodge Escape Large Park in the Heart of England

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Piran Meadows Resort


Photo of the holiday homes at Piran Meadows

Our Awards:

  • Relax & Explore Large Park in Cornwall

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Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa


Photo of a lodge at Cheddar Woods

Our Awards:

  • Relax & Explore Large Park in Somerset

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Talacre Beach Resort

North Wales

exterior of large caravan at talacre beach at sunset with dunes and mountains in the background

Our Awards:

  • Relax & Explore Large Park in North Wales

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Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat

Isle of Wight

Exterior shot of the treehouse at night

Our Awards:

  • Best Lodge Escape Large Park in the Isle of Wight

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Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat


Interior shot of lounge in a lodge at Wareham Forest

Our Awards:

  • Best Lodge Escape Large Park in Devon, Somerset & Dorset

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Mullion Cove Coastal Retreat


Porthleven premier hot tub

Our Awards:

  • Best Lodge Escape Large Park in Cornwall

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All of us at Darwin Escapes HQ want to say a huge congratulations to all of the Darwin Escapes team. As well as a massive thank you to all of our wonderful guests who visit our resorts year after year. We have had yet another incredible year at the Hoseasons Awards.

We have over 24 stunning resorts that you can escape to…

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Our stunning Rivendale Lodge Retreat has been nominated in the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2021!

Here at Darwin Escapes, we love creating beautiful spaces that showcase the personality of our locations from family-friendly destinations to county escapes. When designing and building Rivendale, we partnered with NBDA Architects and Lazzeri Creative Interiors, who created a beautiful, welcoming, and relaxing space.

The designers have created a colourful interior, showcasing the landscape with floor to ceiling windows and really making the countryside the main character with a living green wall behind reception, stunning flowers throughout and even flower wallpaper in the truly stunning loos (a sentence you’d never thought you would read, but wait until you see the pictures below!).

The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards have been recognising talent for over ten years with over 100 countries entering the competition. We are so thrilled to be nominated, take a look at the interiors below to see the award-nominated interior.

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An exciting new chapter for one of Scotland’s top golfing venues, Dundonald Links, begins today with the launch of a new website and video, which set out the vision for an ambitious £25m investment that will see the club transform into a luxury golf resort from next summer – and lodge bookings are now open.

2021 will mark a new era for the esteemed course, owned by Darwin Escapes and located on Scotland’s west coast in Ayrshire, a year which will herald the planned opening of a new clubhouse and overnight accommodation facilities for individual and group guests.

Bookable for stays from July 2021, 18 luxury lodges – which feature two, four or six bedrooms – have been custom-designed with golfers in mind, with bag storage and drying areas, en-suite bathrooms, large living spaces and fully-equipped kitchen and dining facilities. Dundonald Links course designer Kyle Phillips is also creating a series of private putting greens on their doorstep.

Phillips is also overseeing £1m of investment in the course itself, with a focus on improving the playing environment and experience, and the addition of a new half-way house.

The combination of the course improvements, new clubhouse and overnight offering will play an important role in operator Darwin Escape’s aspirations to create one of the best venues in the UK to stay and play golf. The leisure operator acquired the club last year and promised to invest in new facilities from the outset after seeing its boundless potential and idyllic location.

Already a well-respected test for bucket-list golfers from across the world, Dundonald has hosted many major professional golf events since 2008 – including the Ladies’ Scottish Open in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in 2017.

Ian Ferguson, club manager, said: “We wanted to give the golf course the outstanding facilities that it deserves and give golfers everything they could possibly want from a golf break – and this investment programme will do just that.

“Our new video and website encapsulates our vision as we head into this incredibly exciting chapter of Dundonald’s history.

“We are really excited about the new clubhouse and accommodation and can’t wait to welcome our first overnight guests in summer 2021.  The Ayrshire coast is home to some of Scotland’s finest links courses and Dundonald Links will make the ideal base for golfers to explore all that it has to offer.”

Planned for opening later next year, the new two-storey clubhouse will be a striking contemporary design, with large balconies overlooking the course and panoramic views to the Isle of Arran. Facilities within the clubhouse will include a pro shop, restaurant, bar, whiskey tasting room, outdoor dining terrace, as well as a gym, sauna, steam room and extensive changing facilities.

Set amongst the picturesque Scottish countryside, the new clubhouse will be created from natural materials, finished with local whinstone and a grass roof, to blend seamlessly with the rugged landscape and surroundings and coincide with Dundonald’s long-term commitment to sustainability, conservation and nature.

In addition, Dundonald Links will cut the ribbon on 22 hotel rooms later next year, these situated beside the clubhouse for ease of access to the restaurant and club facilities.

For further information please contact Kevin Paver on [email protected]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Our resorts in England and Wales are open. Please note, the opening times for all facilities and bistros/restaurants are subject to change throughout the 2021 season. All visitors and guests are asked to follow all government advice relating to Covid-19 whilst at our resorts.

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