Coniston Hotel’s new spa proves popular prior to opening


The Coniston Hotel in Yorkshire is gearing up to welcome lots of new guests when it launches its new spa in the autumn, after already selling a number of spa membership packages to the public.

The family-owned 4-star hotel’s spa memberships went on sale at 9am yesterday ahead of the spa official unveiling in a few month’s time.

The new 16,500ft spa development is being built adjacent to the hotel will offer members and hotel guests views over the estate’s 24-acre lake, as well as use of its facilities including an outdoor and indoor swimming pool, thermal suite, gym, dance studio, spa treatments and dining area.

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Leisure & membership manager Peter Sharp has been recruited to lead the hotel’s spa membership drive, and, according to Peter, the telephone has been ringing constantly since membership went on sale at 9am yesterday.

The hotel and its grounds form part of the Coniston Estate, which has been home to the Bannister family for more than 40 years. The 4-star hotel is overseen by owner Michael Bannister, hotel director Louise Bolton and general manager Norbert Stump.

Mark Green of Yorkshire-based Curveline Design and leading spa consultant Nicki Kurran, who has previously worked with Champneys and The Dorchester, are working with the project team to deliver the spa, while East Lancashire-based Barnfield Construction is the main contractor on the build, and Yorkshire Bank is backing the project.

On launching the spa development earlier this year, Michael Bannister, chairman of The Coniston Hotel, said: “It’s going to be an exciting year for all involved in the development of the spa and the hotel, and we’re expecting that before the end of the year we will have created a fantastic new facility for our hotel guests and local residents, and one which will not only create many new jobs but will bring more visitors to this part of the Dales for years to come.”