Plans have been revealed to turn a three-storey building in Durham into a spa, as part of investment plans to secure the future of a 16th-century mansion.
The owners of Hallgarth Manor Hotel are considering changing the use of “The Orchard”, located to the south of the hotel, which was previously used as a five-bedroom family home.
Due to the open nature of the house, which includes a veranda overlooking a pond, it lends itself to simple conversion, which will be used to attract more tourists and permanent visitors.
A cover letter submitted with the planning application explained how the venue “has been struggling commercially as a hotel and hospitality venue for many years” and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has caused fundamental changes. in industry.
Following this, the owners have purchased the building and are looking to provide a facility that “meets market expectations” and will be part of a short term package.
The spa is part of wider works at the hotel, including a sympathetic transformation that has already begun with a renovated restaurant and other improvements for visitors.
The request states that the spa facility is necessary “for the long term sustainability of the facility and in the short term, to increase visitor numbers while this wider work is planned and undertaken”.