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Bringing the

A new luxury destination spa launched at the historic Appleby Manor hotel in December following an investment of £1m.

APPLEBY Manor Hotel nestles above the ancient market town of the same name in the heart of the Eden Valley. Privately owned by Mike & Angela Dunbobbin, the hotel unveiled a new £1m Garden Spa last month, which has been specifically designed to create a sense of space and to seamlessly unite the spa with its surroundings by bringing the outside in. The project is the culmination of several

years of planning by the hotel owners, who researched some of the world’s leading experience destination spas in the USA, Europe and across the UK before working with architect and interior designer Duncan Mackenzie from Mackenzie Wheeler Architects to create the new spa. Mackenzie has worked on a number of

high profile destination spa projects around the world, including both The Landmark and The RAC in London, Champneys Springs, Leicestershire and the Saratoga Hotel, Cuba. “This has been a great project to work on

with the team. It’s a tight site with high aspirations for the guest experience - Mike and Angela have managed to achieve a great deal for such a cost-effective budget. The approach was very simple; lengthen

the appearance of the water bodies with visual links to the outside where possible,” says Mackenzie. “The site for the spa is built up on three

sides to include a previous guest wing extension. The theme was established at the outset to be the Garden Spa. The gardens to the hotel are impressive and extensive, but are somewhat restricted in terms of outlook. To perforate the box to achieve most immediate visual impact (from the reception) and to bring lavender/heather and green colourways into the fixtures and artwork provides a good visual reference, where space is otherwise demanded for the range of experiences being offered to guests of the spa,” he says. The spa features five treatment rooms, a

steam room, pedidarium, salt inhalation room, manicure and pedicure room, a sauna, a feature Rainsky & Monsoon shower and an infinity hydro pool linked to the outside by huge bi-folding glass doors. Outside, two heated outdoor spa baths are located in the landscaped gardens, which also benefit from an outdoor relaxation area with its own fire pit.

Local materials, suppliers and contactors

were used during the construction process to minimise the impact of the build on the local environment. The spa has also been equipped with a number of environmental technologies to conserve water and minimise heat loss. The Garden Spa’s signature experience

is the Aqua Thermal Spa, a therapeutic journey designed to detoxify, refresh and revitalise. Starting in the Aroma Salt Inhalation Room, where guests benefit from the gentle rich mist containing mineral salts and aromas, the journey progresses to the relaxing massaging jets of the Pedidarium, before moving on to the warm, moist heat of the steam room. The experience finishes with the intense heat of the sauna to warm and relax muscles followed by a cool down under the deluge of water from the Rainsky & Monsoon shower and the invigorating massage jets in the hydrotherapy pool. After the Aqua Thermal Spa, guests can relax in the outdoor spa bath set in the landscaped gardens. 43

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