A new development plan to transform a hotel in the Lake District into a luxury resort destination has been given the go-ahead.
In plans submitted by English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues, Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel and Marina would see a range of new facilities, additional bedrooms, improved infrastructure and renewable energy features.
Now approved by the Lake District National Park Authority, the hotel is thought to become the first luxury resort hotel in the Lake District.
The plans for the future of the four-star hotel, which has been run by the Berry family for more than 60 years, were submitted earlier this year to secure its long term economic and environmental future.
The focus has been on making a greater contribution to sustainable tourism and boosting the tourism offering of the Lake District as a whole.
Simon Berry, managing director of English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues, says: “This is marvellous news. It’s the largest redevelopment of Low Wood Bay hotel since 1859, creating the Lake District’s first luxury destination resort.
“We’re thrilled that the Lake District National Park Authority recognises what we are trying to achieve. In setting its vision for the park to be ‘world class’, it is now clearly supporting business to deliver on that vision and is showing the faith to back us on this project.
“Our desire to create excellence and make significant improvements at one of our flagship hotel sites is a real fillip for both business and tourism in the area, especially at a time when the Lake District is seeking to attain World Heritage status.”
Infrastructure improvements will include the creation of a new, dedicated entrance to the site, contemporary atrium linking all the resort facilities and significant renewable energy provisions, as well as 46 new bedrooms, new restaurant facilities, a multi sports pitch, an indoor spa, an outdoor spa with hot tubs, a heated infinity pool and a sauna.
The work at Low Wood Bay is scheduled to commence in the spring of 2016 and is estimated to take 18 months to complete.