Homes & Interiors
by Aspect County

Looking Glass Lodge: A tranquil retreat in nature's embrace

Just an hour away from London, set within an ancient woodland in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, you’ll discover the Looking Glass Lodge. The space has been created to enable you to completely immerse yourself in nature, reduce your stress levels and increase your wellbeing in luxurious surroundings. It’s a perfect hideout for couples seeking a unique space to unwind, or a solo traveller seeking peaceful seclusion. There is a multitude of wildlife to spot as you walk through the surrounding woodland and discover the local area.

Michael Kendrick Architects Looking Glass Lodge photo by Tom Bird 2

Rik and Lindsey Goodman, together with their family live in a converted coach house on the outskirts of the small village of Fairlight near Hastings, in a peaceful spot on the edge of Mallydams Wood Nature Reserve, which Rik’s parents established for the RSPCA in the 1960s.

In 2018 they started to think how wonderful it would be if they could share this beautiful location. They had no idea about building a lodge or the challenges they’d face along the way but have poured their hearts and soul into making this dream come true.

Michael Kendrick Architects Looking Glass Lodge photo by Tom Bird 1

Biophilic principles were of utmost importance when designing the lodge. Through this, their intention has been to create a closer connection to nature through the way the lodge has been built, using natural resources to create a sense of harmony between the architecture and the natural world. They have worked hard to match luxury with sustainable, green credentials, and new technology. The lodge has been sensitively built by local craftsmen, and inside has a warm and welcoming feel with all the home comforts you could need.

The Lodge appears elevated amongst the trees as the ground levels fall away below, enabling you to feel as if you are nestled in the canopy of the majestic Coast Redwood tree and Lichen covered Larches. The Lodge offers year-round comfort within its leafy green setting, with wide open doors in the summer and the cosiness of a beautiful floating log burner during the colder months.

Michael Kendrick Architects Looking Glass Lodge photo by Tom Bird 7

The space is cosy and thoughtfully designed with the full height electrochromic windows providing a unique way of creating a space where you can see out, but Nature can’t see in. You can enjoy the Lodge come rain or shine with its minimalist open plan dining and sitting area with glorious views. The well-equipped kitchen features everything you need for an enjoyable stay, and a few supplies to get you going. The large deck area allows you to relax and dine under the sun or stars, whilst the luxury stone bath promises indulgent soaks with lush views of the private woodland. In the comfortable bedroom you’ll be lulled to sleep by the sound of the woodland wildlife and the wind through the trees.


Michael Kendrick Architects Looking Glass Lodge photo by Tom Bird 24