A hotel in the Lake District is celebrating after recording its busiest three months in more than 15 years, following a £1m investment to enhance facilities at the property.
Family-owned Appleby Manor opened the doors to its new garden spa at the end of last year, and has since helped visitor numbers at the hotel soar to an all-time high for January, February and March.
Mike and Angela Dunbobbin have owned Appleby Manor since 2000 and the investment has seen a surge in visitors from West Cumbria and the Lakes, as well as guests from further afield including Lancashire, Merseyside, and the North East.
Appleby Manor has also seen an increase in demand from family and friends coming to celebrate special occasions, plus group spa breaks, despite all the bad weather that has devastated the region recently.
Mike Dunbobbin says: “It’s been a difficult time for many people following the devastating floods, but we are really proud to be investing in Cumbria and helping put this special part of world on the tourism map. We hope the positive economic benefits we are seeing will bring added benefits not just for our business, but also for Appleby and the county as a whole.
He adds: “Obviously we cannot rest on our laurels. The spa development is just phase one of a longer-term plan and we will be continuing to look to the future with the development of a roof top garden for the spa and newly refurbished bedrooms over the next couple of years.”
The garden spa’s facilities include five treatment rooms, a steam room, pedidarium, salt inhalation room, manicure and pedicure room, sauna, a feature Rainsky & Monsoon shower and an infinity hydro pool.
Outside there are also two outdoor spa baths, with one coming complete with its own fire pit.