Six luxury treehouses are to be added to the bedroom stock and offering at North East hotel Ramside Hall.
The new multi-million pound development will also see the hotel embark on its ‘biggest bunker renovation project’ to date at the championship Prince Bishop golf course, with an investment of £200k.
The new treehouses will mark another upgrade at the property, which has been on a rolling improvement programme since 2011, including the unveiling of a new £8m spa and bedroom wing.
Ramside Hall will open the treehouses next year, having been granted planning permission to build the addition behind one of its golf courses on site.
The two-bedroom treehouses will each have a private living room and bathroom with a free-standing copper bath, and will be built on stilts, giving views over the 18th fairway and green of the course.
Owners Ramside Estates is also investing in a new excavator and ‘miracle concrete’ to upgrade 40 bunkers on the golf course.
The firm, which also owns Hardwick Hall Hotel near Sedgefield and Bowburn Hall in County Durham as well as other leisure ventures including Colonel Porter’s, will carry out the two-year restoration project, which will be the biggest undertaken at the resort since it opened 21 years ago.
Roger Shaw, courses manager at Ramside Estates, said: “After 20 years of play, the drainage systems in our Prince Bishops’ bunkers have begun to struggle and need renovating.
“This is going to be the biggest bunker renovation project I’ve undertaken in over 30-years of green-keeping and promises to deliver exceptional improvements in the way our bunkers play and handle wet weather.”
Helen Roseberry, director of golf at Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Cub, added: “Today’s golf market is increasingly competitive and golf course owners have to look at ways to improve their facilities and deliver an outstanding experience for members and visitors.
“It was clear to us that the bunkers on our Prince Bishops’ Course needed new technology to withstand the weather and match the quality course conditions golfers enjoy when they tee up at Ramside.”
The renovation programme is now under way and will continue throughout the winter months.