Owner Suzanne Mumford began the refurbishment programme at Applegarth Villa two years ago, by transforming its dining facilities and reducing the number of bedrooms to create several larger luxurious bedrooms, each of which has been individually designed.
The latest upgrade, which has been part-funded by a loan from RBS and a loan from Cumbria Tourism, transformed a further four standard rooms into luxury accommodation. The hotel now offers 15 luxurious bedrooms, each of which can be viewed on the hotel website and requested by guests at the time of booking.
The hotel also benefits from its own 40-cover conservatory restaurant, a sun terrace and a bar which stocks a large selection of malt whiskey and real ales. Suzanne and husband Alan bought Applegarth Villa in 2002 and have spent more than £500k transforming the hotel into a five-star venue.
Suzanne Mumford, owner of Applegarth Villa, said: "We are delighted to have been awarded five star status by the AA. It is testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment of our team that we have achieved this premier ranking. We have always strived to provide each guest with an exceptional experience when the visit the Applegarth and will remain focussed on this goal"
Mandy Pearson, RBS Relationship Manager, said: "Alan and Suzanne’s hard work has transformed Applegarth Villa into one of the region’s best hotels. We are very impressed with their work and delighted to provide financial support for the final stage of the refurbishment programme."
The final stage of the Applegarth’s refurbishment programme was part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development through the North West Rural Connect Programme, which is managed by Cumbria Tourism.