Lancashire Times
A Voice of the North
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
9:00 AM 3rd February 2021

North Yorkshire Hotel Announces Major Redevelopment

The 1400 acre Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa in Skipton – the town euphemistically known as ‘the Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales’ - has announced development plans for its spa.

The project, pencilled in to start mid-Spring, is part of the Bannister family’s plan to position the property as one of the Dales’ leading destinations.

The family has owned the Coniston since 1969 but the spa only opened in 2015, however, plans are now firmly in place to create the ‘Nàdarra Spa’, Scottish Gaelic for ‘natural’ and the perfect way to link the Bannisters back to their roots on the Isle of Lewis.

The facility will feature two infinity pools with commanding views across the 1,400-acre estate, lake and Yorkshire Dales...a lake view terrace with relaxed seating, fire pits and a covered outdoor bar; a 15m indoor swimming pool, a thermal experience including an infrared sauna, Finnish sauna, Himalayan sauna, aromatherapy steam room, indoor bubble pool and ice fountain; a luxury couples suite including double spa bath and mud rasul.

A spectacular private spa garden will also be created complete with a relaxation pod, loungers and two outdoor baths boasting incredible views. The development is due for completion by this coming March.

Nick Bannister, Owner and Director, said:

“Over the past few months we have all realised just how important it is to look after ourselves, our health and our physical and mental wellbeing. Through the many lockdown walks we have all taken, we as a nation have come to appreciate more than ever the great outdoors and the benefit it brings to our health and happiness.

View of the hotel from the lake
View of the hotel from the lake
“Here at The Coniston, we are lucky to be idyllically located on a picturesque, private estate surrounded by the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, and felt that it was important that we incorporated our location into our new spa offering. From a new infinity pool and private spa garden experience with outdoor baths, to a terrace bar and herb garden - our spa sanctuary will really be at one with nature.”

In tandem with the plans to redevelop the spa, The Coniston has appointed Belinda Belli as Spa Manager to oversee this latest chapter. Belinda joins the team with a wealth of experience from leading spas including The Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda and, most recently, The Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle in the highlands of Scotland.Nightly rates at The Coniston Hotel, which currently boasts 71 bedrooms, self-catering cottages, The View Restaurant, Macleod’s Bar and a Five Bubble rated luxury spa, start from £159 inclusive of bed and breakfast.