Award winning dales hotel launches new luxury cottages
Following the rise of "staycations" and the success of the existing Thack cottage which sits in the Coniston’s 1,400-acre estate, the hotel has invested £350,000 in adding Lowlands and Fogga Farm to its portfolio. They will open for guests in June 2018 and October 2018 respectively.
Lowlands, a luxury 17th century farmhouse in Coniston Cold comprises five bedrooms, three en-suite bathrooms plus one family bathroom, as well as a private garden, while Fogga Farm, adjacent to the hotel, is home to two properties. The site has a three-bedroom original farmhouse, as well as an adapted five-bedroom farmhouse which can be split into two smaller holiday homes if needed.
The investment comes as the hotel has seen an increase in four and five-night stays due to the growing number of domestic visitors coming to Yorkshire.
A recent economic review for Yorkshire which looked at the value and impact of tourism related activities to the region has suggested that £1.617 billion is spent by overnight domestic visitors in the county.
Louise Bolton, managing director at the Coniston Hotel said: "The success of the Thack has taken us by storm. We’ve had an 80 per cent occupancy rate since it launched in December 2016, it’s really popular with new visitors to Yorkshire and existing guests opting for a longer stay.
"Long stay accommodation has grown in popularity among our clients over the past couple of years and with the Thack being so well received, we decided to invest in new properties across The Coniston Estate."
Louise continued: "The Thack has always had a focus on wellbeing, which will be replicated in the new cottages. They are designed to provide undisturbed, self sufficient retreats. Therapists can be booked to visit the cottages to provide treatments and the facilities at the hotel are extended to the cottage guests.
"Although the visitors won’t be staying in the hotel, it will be very clear that they are a guest of ours through our branding, our service and the execution of our core values.
"Lowlands and the Thack were already estate properties which shows how important it is to us that our success is re-invested back into the Coniston estate and into the local area to maximise growth and enhance our customer experience."
The new properties provide 11 extra bedrooms, three gardens and six living areas creating the need for six more full time staff roles.
Jamie Adamson, operations manager at the Coniston Hotel, added: "As part of the expansion we will be creating six full time roles across housekeeping, maintenance and gardening. The cottages are not only a great investment in the local community and the area’s business infrastructure, but they are creating job opportunities for skilled professionals in Skipton."
[News item based on press release and photos supplied by Freshfield posted June 2018.]
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