DRU Fires, in partnership with Kernow Fires, Cornwall’s leading fire pit dealer, supplied five DRU Polo balanced flue gas stoves for the new beach lofts at one of Cornwall’s leading hotels.
The Watergate Bay Hotel on the North Cornish Coast, originally designed as a railway terminus hotel, has been developed over the past 20 years into a year-round inclusive destination. Its spectacular clifftop setting and location just steps from Cornwall Newquay Airport make it a prime choice for travelers from all corners of the UK and beyond.
The recent closure of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant on the site paved the way for the £ 1.4million development of the seven new beach lofts by contractors GSI and interior designers Dynargh Design, just above the Beach.
Described as ‘surf-in surf-out’ accommodation, the lofts feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic sea views. All have been designed to resemble modern city lofts, with warm textures and durable materials.
High energy efficiency
The DRU Polo gas stoves were chosen by Dynargh Design for their contemporary design, fitting in with the general design and aesthetics of beach lofts. Plus, they were selected for their A energy rating, 92% efficiency, and the convenience of gas with an easy remote control. They can be used all year round and are suitable for cool autumn days and cool summer evenings.
Their balanced flue system offers installation flexibility, as they require no chimney and only require proximity to an exterior wall. This allows them to be installed in the living space, bedroom or bathroom depending on the design of each individual suite.
The beach lofts were completed in time for Cornwall’s peak tourist season in 2021, which has seen huge success due to the increased number of people vacationing in the UK during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Impressive outlook and sustainability
Kernow Fires owner Simon Breckon commented: “We are delighted to have contributed to the success of Beach Lofts and to have experienced strong growth in Cornwall’s home and commercial fireplace markets this year.
Will Ashworth, CEO of Watergate Bay Hotel, said: “Beach lofts are our best rooms. They are very generous in size and the interior design represents our new approach to contemporary Cornish beach living.
Dynargh Design Director Matt Hulme said: “The lofts have some of the most impressive outlook of any Cornish hotel. But the interiors also needed to have enough appeal in the winter, when it gets dark at 5 p.m., to be warm, natural and attractive.
Durability was also an important factor in the design. “Being active in the beautiful natural surroundings is at the heart of the Watergate Bay experience, and we are committed to minimizing the environmental impact of our design choices,” adds Will Ashworth.