Plans to transform the Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel and Marina in the Lake District into a luxury resort destination have been given the go-ahead.The English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues submitted the plans which would see the introduction of a range of new facilities, additional bedrooms and ‘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 four-star hotel has been run by the Berry family for more than 60 years, and it is hoped the new development will 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.
The work at Low Wood Bay is scheduled to commence in the spring of 2016 and is estimated to take 18 months to complete.