Sefton Council has approved Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa’s planning application that will see its current facilities being transformed into a ‘world-class, multi-purpose resort’ that will place it firmly on the map as one of the best golf, spa and leisure facilities in England.For those that have already visited Formby Hall, you will be aware of the little slice of luxury that lies hidden amongst the trees in Liverpool’s beautiful countryside. A place to relax in a hot steam room, enjoy a leisurely swim or foot bath and indulgent in beautiful cakes and sandwiches from their homemade afternoon tea selection, washed down with a glass of bubbles. A chance to escape into a life of luxury, towelling robe and slippers galore – even if just for a few hours.The approval will see the construction of a new two-storey golf clubhouse and event space with capacity for 300 guests, extended bar and restaurant facilities, new reception building, a re-configured leisure club, a new double-storey spa plus four eco-lodges which will both be situated along one of the lakes within the resort grounds. In addition to this, there will also be a new two-storey building housing 43 en suite guest rooms with balconies or patios looking out over landscaped gardens or the golf course, plus a further 20 en suite guestrooms in the first floor conversion of the current spa and leisure building.
When speaking about the approved plans, director of CS Hotel Solutions, Christopher King, commented, “It has been great to have the support of Sefton Council in considering and approving our plans, and we are grateful that they have been able to share our vision and ambitions for the Resort. We are confident that these redevelopment plans will not only reposition the resort as a world-class destination, it will also attract both new business and an increase in tourism to the region as a whole”.
Cllr Daren Veidman, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Planning and Building Control, said: “We have been working with Formby Hall Golf Club for some time now on a range of planned investments into their complex and are pleased to approve this application.“
This phase of investment has the potential to significantly enhance the reputation of the Formby resort, build upon Sefton’s growing tourism economy and in particular the ‘Golf Coast’ and we look forward to working with them to make these exciting plans a reality. It really reinforces that Sefton is open for business.”The new spa facilities, one of the most spectacular of its kind in the UK, will be a key attraction of the resort and will present an ideal setting for a relaxing break. Guests will be able to enjoy a ‘state of the art’ spa nestled in a picturesque setting alongside one of the resort’s lakes, with a design intended to make it feel as though the property is floating on water.The spa will comprise 12 treatment rooms, several relaxation areas with stunning views across the lake, an extensive suite of thermal experiences, indoor and outdoor vitality pools and hot tubs, internal and alfresco dining, and an extensive external terrace with sunken fire pits and luxury day beds, offering guests a perfect view across the lake.The plans also include a new double-storey golf club house for the Resort’s members and visitors, overlooking the 1st tee and including a bar and restaurant at ground floor level and a new conferencing facility at first floor level. With its floor to ceiling windows and external terrace, this space will offer fantastic, unrivalled and uninterrupted views across the 18-hole course. This facility is an addition to the existing conferencing suites and two boardroom/break-out rooms, giving the resort a wide range of options for both private and corporate functions and events.The extensive resort currently extends to more than 200 acres and features two golf courses, including one 18-hole championship course, a 27-bay driving range, a golf shop and health spa. As home to the first PGA National Residential Golf Academy in the UK, it is a centre of excellence for golf, offering inimitable coaching facilities and accommodation – the only one of its kind in the North of England.The enhancement to the member and visitor facilities will reinforce the resort’s status as a top rated golfing venue, being located amongst some of the best golf course in the world.