The Coniston unveils redevelopment plans

UK: Owners the Bannister family have announced plans to redevelop its spa, lounge and dining areas at The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa as part of ongoing investment in the property.

The newly named Nàdarra Spa, which means ‘natural’ in Scottish Gaelic, will feature: two infinity pools with views across the estate, lake and Yorkshire Dales; a lake view terrace with relaxed seating, fire pits and a covered outdoor bar; an indoor swimming pool, infrared sauna, Finnish sauna, Himalayan sauna, aromatherapy steam room, bubble pool and ice fountain; and a luxury couples suite with double spa bath and mud rasul.

A private spa garden will also include a relaxation pod, loungers, and two outdoor baths. The whole development is expected to be completed in March 2021.

Nick Bannister, owner and director of The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa, said: “Over the past few months we have all realised just how important it is to look after ourselves, our health and our physical and mental wellbeing. Through the many lockdown walks we have all taken, we as a nation have come to appreciate more than ever the great outdoors and the benefit it brings to our health and happiness. Here at The Coniston, we are lucky to be idyllically located on a picturesque, private estate surrounded by the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, and felt that it was important that we incorporated our location into our new spa offering. 

“From a new infinity pool and private spa garden experience with outdoor baths, to a terrace bar and herb garden – our spa sanctuary will really be at one with nature. We are so excited about our new spa and cannot wait to welcome guests who are looking to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with themselves and our wonderful world.”

Belinda Belli has been appointed as spa manager to oversee the project. She joins the team from The Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle in the highlands of Scotland, with previous experience at The Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda.

A new lounge area within the hotel is also planned. It will include a fire surrounded by seating with a bar serving a tapas style menu.

Last year, The Coniston’s main restaurant Huntsman’ Lodge underwent a refurbishment, reopening under a different name, The View Restaurant. The menu takes inspiration from Yorkshire’s food culture and features game from the Bannister family estate.

This year, a new permanent heated outdoor terrace structure will be created to allow for further dining space.

In response to the pandemic, the hotel team enhanced its existing outdoor activities to include clay pigeon shooting, 4×4 off-roading, archery, walking trails, electric bike hire, fly fishing, and secluded picnic areas.

The estate also comprises two restored farmhouses for up to 12 guests in each, complete with log burners and outdoor hot tubs. 

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