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From its breathtaking location at the foot of the waterfall from which it takes its name, the Lodore Falls Hotel offers stunning views across Derwent Water, the Skiddaw mountain range and Catbells fell. With a near 150-year history, the former inn, which was converted in 1870, has gained iconic status in Cumbria, having been patronised by royalty, including King Edward VII and Prince Arthur, the third son of Queen Victoria, as well as famous names including Colonel ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody, who once signed the guest register while touring with his Wild West show.

For 40 years, from 1947 to 1987, Lodore Falls gained prominence under the ownership of Robert and Merthie England, prior to being taken on by the Stakis Hotel Group, and then the Hilton (UK & Ireland) Group, before being purchased by Charles and Kit Graves in 2004.

Renowned local hoteliers who, along with their daughter Daniella Hope, run a further five properties in the area under the Lake District Hotels banner, the Graves have taken a bold step in adding a touch of 21st-century modernity to the property.

The waterfalls and river now divide the main 73-room hotel on one side and The Falls Spa and 14 suites on the other. The latter are the cornerstone of an £11 million (212.3 million) redevelopment, overseen architecturally by Carlisle-based Unwin Jones Partnership, and constructed by Thomas Armstrong (Holdings) Ltd, of Maryport, Cumbria.

With consultancy by Commercial Spa Strategies’ Liz Holmes and interior design by Scotland’s Greyline, the 1,074sqm Falls Spa offers a smooth-flowing hydro-thermal journey that curves in an arc around a central ‘courtyard’ area, which includes an ice fountain, padded loungers and heated mosaic loungers.

An enticing Champagne bar is positioned off to the side. The suite itself provides a laconium, a forest rinse shower, a salt steam room, a tropical rain experience, a eucalyptus/menthol aroma steam room, a ‘thermal sensation’ with Kneipp therapy massage water jets and a glass-fronted herbal sauna.

Explaining the indoor experience, which enjoys panoramic views of the lake and mountains, Holmes says: “We know this is a challenging market for therapist recruitment and decided to ensure the wet spa area was a product in itself and just as important to the revenue as the treatment rooms. The interior wet spa journey takes the guest from the warming laconium through the salt, steam and sauna to gradually increase body temperature. There are also six heated loungers and an experience shower for use between rooms. The curved design of the salt and steam room provide enhanced levels of comfort and space, quite unlike the standard square rooms guests often expect.”

“The business model we have drawn up ensures guests receive the access they prefer, while allowing us to control the numbers within the spa throughout the day.”

Davina Hassell, Spa manager

 

The Falls Spa, Lodore Falls Hotel, UK

+44 (0)1768 787704

Owner: Charles and Kit Graves

Investment: £11 million

Spa size: 1,074sqm

Spa team: 14

Treatment rooms: 5

Spa suites: 14

Product partners: Elemis, Sultane de Saba

Thermal and wet spa design and supply: Rigo Spa

Other suppliers: Ellisons (Living Earth Crafts), Life Fitness, BC Softwear, Gantner

 

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Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

European Spa Magazine is published by Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1
business magazine for spa and wellness

European Spa Magazine is published by
Spa Publishing Ltd.

Head Office: Halifax House, Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN, UK.

Welcome to European Spa, the no.1 business magazine for spa and wellness

From its breathtaking location at the foot of the waterfall from which it takes its name, the Lodore Falls Hotel offers stunning views across Derwent Water, the Skiddaw mountain range and Catbells fell.With a near 150-year history, the former inn, which was converted in 1870, has gained iconic status in Cumbria, having been patronised by royalty, including King Edward VII and Prince Arthur, the third son of Queen Victoria, as well as famous names including Colonel ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody, who once signed the guest register while touring with his Wild West show.

For 40 years, from 1947 to 1987, Lodore Falls gained prominence under the ownership of Robert and Merthie

England, prior to being taken on by the Stakis Hotel Group, and then the Hilton (UK & Ireland) Group, before being purchased by Charles and Kit Graves in 2004.

Renowned local hoteliers who, along with their daughter Daniella Hope, run a further five properties in the area under the Lake District Hotels banner, the Graves have taken a bold step in adding a touch of 21st-century modernity to the property.

The waterfalls and river now divide the main 73-room hotel on one side and The Falls Spa and 14 suites on the other. The latter are the cornerstone of an £11 million (212.3 million) redevelopment, overseen architecturally by Carlisle-based Unwin Jones Partnership, and constructed by Thomas Armstrong (Holdings) Ltd, of Maryport, Cumbria.

With consultancy by Commercial Spa Strategies’ Liz Holmes and interior design by Scotland’s Greyline, the 1,074sqm Falls Spa offers a smooth-flowing hydro-thermal journey that curves in an arc around a central ‘courtyard’ area, which includes an ice fountain, padded loungers and heated mosaic loungers.

An enticing Champagne bar is positioned off to the side. The suite itself provides a laconium, a forest rinse shower, a salt steam room, a tropical rain experience, a eucalyptus/menthol aroma steam room, a ‘thermal sensation’ with Kneipp therapy massage water jets and a glass-fronted herbal sauna.

Explaining the indoor experience, which enjoys panoramic views of the lake and mountains, Holmes says: “We know this is a challenging market for therapist recruitment and decided to ensure the wet spa area was a product in itself and just as important to the revenue as the treatment rooms. The interior wet spa journey takes the guest from the warming laconium through the salt, steam and sauna to gradually increase body temperature. There are also six heated loungers and an experience shower for use between rooms. The curved design of the salt and steam room provide enhanced levels of comfort and space, quite unlike the standard square rooms guests often expect.”

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