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Stanley House to start multi-million pound expansion

The family behind one of Lancashire’s best known country house hotels has given the green light to its latest multi-million pound expansion plans.

Mellor-based Stanley House Hotel, owned by the Walker family, will add 18 new bedrooms and a luxury spa as it aims to become a true leisure destination for the North.

Construction will start in March 2011 and is expected to be complete and open by spring 2012.

The hotel’s new bedrooms will be housed in a brand new building adjacent to its current accommodation. Each room will be 36 sq.m and individually themed.

Within the same building, the partially-glazed spa will offer offers panoramic views of the Ribble Valley countryside.

The luxury spa will feature treatment rooms, a treatment suite, thermal suite, relaxation lounge, hydrotherapy pool with heated loungers and a gymnasium.

New substantial gardens will also be created to the rear of the spa featuring a lake and a walking path.

Simon Glassbrook, a director of Stanley House, said: “With the additional rooms and first class spa facilities, Stanley House Hotel can be rightfully classed as a true leisure destination for the north. The spa will be a world class facility.

“We are making a substantial investment in challenging times which highlights our confidence in the hotel, our team and the region. We expect to create over 20 permanent jobs, not to mention supporting a number of local businesses during construction. It will provide a timely economic boost to Lancashire.”

Fred Walker, co-founder of Walker Steel, transformed Stanley House from a dilapidated manor house to the hotel in 2004. He said: “I am proud to be starting the next chapter of our vision to create the best hotel in Lancashire. The hotel keeps going from strength to strength and we can appeal to customers across the country.”
Phase one of Stanley House’s expansion was completed in June 2010 and saw a new glass extension added to its Mr Fred’s Bar and Lounge, a refurbishment of its fine dining restaurant and a new frontage to the main building.

Philip Wharton, general manager of Stanley House, said: “In keeping with our commitment to quality and style, the rooms will be elegant, stylish and spacious. As the construction site is set back from our current facilities, this will cause no disruption to our day to day business. This is a really exciting time for the hotel.”

The award-winning Stanley House Hotel opened in 2004 following a spectacular conversion of the 17th century manor house. It is a leading choice for weddings, meetings and catered events. Its main restaurant has received national media recognition.

Philip Wharton added: “Business is strong at the moment but we must keep innovating to meet the unique and important standards set by our customers. We’re building for the future however the key message to our guests is that it is very much business as usual.”