Owners of Lake District boutique plan £1m spa complex

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The owners of a boutique hotel in the Lake District are ploughing £1m into developing a new luxury spa offering to replace the hotel’s current leisure suite.

Mike and Angela Dunbobbin, owners of Appleby Manor Country House Hotel, have now closed the doors on the old leisure suite in preparation for the redevelopment of the new spa complex.

It will be made up of five treatment rooms, a thermal suite, a hydrotherapy pool and a manicure/pedicure room.

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There will also be outside space with a roof garden, two hot tubs and a fire pit.

The work is scheduled to start next month and the spa should be open by the end of October.

AA four star Appleby Manor has an extensive history, first built in 1871 for a wealthy solicitor, before being turned into a hotel in the late 1940s. The Dunbobbin family purchased the hotel in September 2000 and took on a major refurbishment project to take the hotel to AA four star status.

Speaking to The Westmorland Gazette, Mike Dunbobbin said: “This is a really exciting time for us, although we have continually invested in the hotel over the last 15 years, it’s the biggest single investment we’ve ever made.

“We hope it will not just benefit the hotel but that it will also benefit the surrounding area with increased visitor numbers.”

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