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Napthens advises as iconic Windermere hotel undergoes multi-million-pound redevelopment

Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa is set for a brand new look in 2017 with a major refurbishment and new build.

English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues are set to establish a world-class resort in the Lake District, the idyllic lakeside destination closes its doors this week as work begins on the £16 million transformation, which will be unveiled from April when the hotel reopens its doors.

The multi-million-pound project will see the existing historic property completely renovated, with a full upgrade and refurbishment of all existing rooms, new outdoor leisure facilities, along with a stunning Atrium, world class spa, an additional new restaurant concept “Blue Smoke”. Later in the summer a new building will open with a further 32 suites and studio rooms including its own club lounge and roof garden.

The hotel, which enjoys a fantastic waterfront setting looking out onto Windermere, will reopen in April 2017, once the first phase of the renovation is complete.

Construction specialist Leigh Child, part of Napthens solicitors’ Cumbrian property team, advised the hotel owners on the project.

Simon Berry, Chairman and MD of English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues said: “It is a really exciting new chapter for us here at Low Wood Bay. This stunning building has been here over 300 years and this will be the biggest change it has gone through in its history.

“The Lake District is a uniquely beautiful holiday destination and we’re creating an exceptional, stand-out resort from which to enjoy it. We want to make something truly special, bringing modern, top quality facilities to the area but without compromising the integrity or charm of this historic building; we really feel we have achieved that with these plans. We can’t wait to welcome our guests, both old and new, to see their reactions’.

James Todhunter, Napthens’ head of Cumbria, said: “We are delighted to be working with English Lakes Hotels on their exciting expansion project which will add further to the already excellent reputation of Low Wood Bay Hotel & Spa as one of the Lake District’s premier destinations.

“Expansion of this nature requires specialist support which we are able to provide through our construction lawyer, Leigh Child, part of our Cumbrian property team. We wish the group well with its plans and look forward to working with it further as the project continues.”

English Lakes Hotel Resorts & Venues, which owns the property, has worked closely with the Lake District National Park Authority to progress the plans and create a ‘world class destination’ whilst remaining in keeping with the area and using local connections and expertise.

The whole new experience will start with the enhanced sense of arrival of the brand new entrance which sweeps around and up to the existing car park. Bespoke art work will significantly improve the arrival experience for guests as they make their way to one of their 133 luxurious, upgraded and new build bedrooms and suites.

Set to open in summer, one of the most significant investments is in the luxurious Spa, complete with an outdoor heated infinity pool, sauna, steam room and Canadian hot tubs with views over the lake and mountains. The extensive fitness suite will also feature state of the art equipment and an express salon. The introduction of the innovative ‘Blue Smoke’ dining concept will provide British produce within a South American wood fired grill – the first of its kind in the area.

Opening later in the year, the addition of a luxury accommodation block, complete with its own private bar, club lounge and roof terrace will finally transform the hotel into the Lake District’s first world class luxury resort.