Plans for new luxury hotel and spa in Cumbria revealed

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Crossrigg Hall

The projects for a luxury hotel, a spa and a restaurant, creating around fifty jobs, have been unveiled.

A proposal to convert Crossrigg Hall to Cliburn has been submitted by TVFB (4) Limited. Eden’s businessman, Andrew Tinkler, is appointed director of the company.

Mr Tinkler, a former chief executive of Stobart Group Limited, bought the venue and grounds, which sit between Penrith and Appleby, in 2020 after it went on the market with a list price of £2.75million.

The firm wants to convert the Grade II* listed hall, which dates from the 1700s, into a hotel, with the Grade II listed stable block converted into a spa and bedrooms.

The former owners of the hall obtained planning permission to turn it into a hotel in the 1990s.

TVFB’s plans (4) also include a cooking school and a central building with bedrooms, the construction of a new chapel, 15 pavilions and a new enclosed vegetable garden.

He said 50 full-time and part-time jobs would be created as a direct result of the development and there would also be a large number of jobs created during its construction phase.

Shuttle minibuses will be made available to staff and guests – to limit car use – and walking and cycling will be encouraged with new routes created around the site.

A community consultation event was held at Bolton Village Hall so people could view the proposals and ask questions about the proposed development.

Unwin Jones Partnership officers said feedback was largely positive, with people delighted to see that the future of Crossrigg Hall’s buildings and grounds would be secured by viable new use.

He added: “Many also said they were delighted that the proposals offered leisure, bar and catering facilities that local people could enjoy.

“There were concerns raised about increased traffic and noise, but it was explained that these issues have been addressed in the proposals and the team believe the impact on local residents will be relatively low.”

The plans have been submitted to the Eden District Council for review.

Mr. Tinkler was one of the driving forces behind the Stobart group. But in 2020, he sold all his shares in the group.

The former group chief executive held a nearly 5% stake, worth around £20million.

He was the company’s fifth largest shareholder.

Mr Tinkler was sacked from Stobart Group, which owns Carlisle Airport, in 2018 in a board battle that ended in the High Court.

The Stobart Group won the case in February 2019 and the dismissal was ruled legal.

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