A LUXURY resort on Windermere has submitted ambitious plans to upgrade its already-renowned spa facilities.

The Low Wood Bay Hotel, near Ambleside, has applied to the Lake District National Park Authority to install an extension to its existing external spa with the building of a new spa room and plant room.

English Lakes Hotel and Venues, owned by the Berry family, is the proprietor of the resort, and has submitted the application as part of their "ambition to create the Lake District’s first world-class luxury resort", according to the planning statement.

Project managers Mason Gillibrand Architects state: "The brief provided by the English Lakes Hotels aimed to continue the ongoing effort to improve the Low Wood Bay's facilities in order to contribute to the Lake District National Park Authority’s commitment to creating a 'world-class visitors' experience'.

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"The hotel has requested to extend the current external spa facilities in order to accommodate the growing capacity of guests who travel to enjoy the Low Wood Bay Resort and its private facilities.

"To add to the current external spa, there is a need for the addition of an infinity pool, private hot tubs, an internal relaxation associated spa, and necessary plant room. 

"To complement this extension, the existing language of the hotel and external spa will be continued throughout the proposal, emphasising the traditional Lake District appearance of Lakeland stone walls with stacked leaning cams to the top. 

"The proposal is to use the topography of the existing site as an advantage and soften the overall aesthetic by continuing the soft landscape which is currently resident in the existing external spa.

"As with the existing spa, the usable areas of the new facilities should be discreet and have privacy from the main road and road leading up to the hotel's main car park."

The Planning Statement says that the specific improvements will introduce an internal relaxation space with a glazed front facade to allow for views across Windermere.

Views from the proposed site across Windermere

The proposed infinity pool will take advantage of the height of the site, providing views of Windermere from the pool, and five private hot tubs with private seating, embedded into proposed planting to create soft borders between each area. 

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