Multi-million pound expansion of Ribble Valley hotel planned

Vision of the future: An artist's impression of the new facilities and accommodation plannes at Stanley House Hotel, Mellor

Vision of the future: An artist's impression of the new facilities and accommodation plannes at Stanley House Hotel, Mellor

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The family behind a prestigious Ribble Valley country house hotel has given the green light to its latest multi-million pound expansion plans. Stanley House Hotel, Mellor, owned by the Walker family, will add 18 new bedrooms and a luxury spa as it aims to become a top leisure destination for the North. Construction will start in March and is expected to be complete and open by spring 2012.

The hotel’s new bedrooms will be housed in a new building next to its current accommodation. Each room will be 36 square metres 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, featuring a lake and path, will also be created to the rear of the spa.

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 more than 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.”