New £2 million spa announced for Cairndale Hotel in Dumfries

Renovation work will commence on the existing leisure club in the new year


By Wendy Golledge

19 December 2023

The family-owned and run Cairndale Hotel in Dumfries, Scotland, has announced a major transformation project.

A £2 million renovation will see the existing leisure club replaced with a new spa and wellness café.

The project follows an award of almost £400,000 in development funding from South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE).

The investment will result in 16 new jobs and generate an estimated additional income for the local economy in excess of £12 million over ten years.

The transformation project will be taken forward with a net-zero focus. This will include an enhanced heating system to reduce carbon emissions, and the use of air sourced heat pumps and LED lighting.

“We have not taken this decision lightly. We know that our leisure club users will be disappointed that we can no longer offer a membership service. However, we believe this is the right decision for the future of the Cairndale Hotel as well as the local community.

Matthew Wallace Jr

Director, Cairndale Hotel

“We are fortunate enough to be surrounded by a vast amount of outstanding natural beauty,” said Cairndale Hotel director, Matthew Wallace Jr. “We aim to embrace that within our expanded offering, working in partnership with local businesses and suppliers.”

New spa treatment rooms and relaxation areas

Cairndale Hotel is working with Claire Caddick from Sparticulate and Mark Green from Curveline Design.

Suppliers confirmed so far are Ellisons, BC Softwear for towels and robes and spa products from Tribe517.

Cairndale Hotel is working with Tribe517 them to curate retreats that tap into the natural benefits of the local region.

a dark hotel treatment room
There will be six treatment rooms in the new spa

External spa garden with cold plunge

The closure will make space for new spa treatment rooms and a spa relaxation areas.

Facilities at the 1,285sqm spa will include six treatment rooms, a thermal pool, rasul, aroma steam room, Himalayan salt sauna, Hammam and herbal lounge.

There will also be an external spa garden with a cold pool, garden sauna and warm room.

Work begins on January 8 with plans to launch the Cairndale Spa to visitors in spring 2024.

“The Cairndale Hotel investment ties into the soon-to-be-launched South of Scotland Responsible Tourism Strategy,” explained Professor Russel Griggs OBE, chair of SOSE. “This aims to deliver the best for our visitors, our businesses, our people, our communities and our environment.”

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