Open­ing time for health spa af­ter big ren­o­va­tion project

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Starts -

The first guests will stay at the new Champ­neys health spa at East­well Manor Spa Ho­tel this Easter.

The venue of­fi­cially re-opens to­mor­row (Good Fri­day) af­ter a mul­ti­mil­lion-pound ren­o­va­tion that has taken six months.

Champ­neys bought the his­toric Ed­war­dian es­tate and ho­tel in Boughton Aluph, near Ash­ford, in Novem­ber.

Champ­neys co-owner Stephen Pur­dew said: “We are de­lighted that the doors will open for the public to ex­pe­ri­ence the new-look East­well Manor Champ­neys Spa Ho­tel. The past six months have been an ex­cit­ing pe­riod as we’ve watched the vi­sion for East­well be­come a re­al­ity.

“We can’t wait to wel­come our first guests to the spa and we are con­fi­dent they will agree our im­prove­ments have breathed new life into this most his­toric of venues. The ac­qui­si­tion of East­well Manor is a ma­jor mile­stone for the Champ­neys Group.”

The ho­tel will in­clude 62 bed­rooms and suites, two restau­rants, a pitch-and-putt and the spa which fea­tures a full treat­ment menu, ac­cess to the newlook in­door pool, gym and ther­mal ar­eas.

The ho­tel will have a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on out­door coun­try pur­suits, in­clud­ing fal­conry, Seg­ways and hik­ing.

Champ­neys has five re­sorts, six city spas and two beauty col­leges.

And the new-look Champ­neys has been judged a knock­out by for­mer world heavy­weight box­ing cham­pion Frank Bruno, who proved he was fight­ing fit again af­ter years of men­tal health prob­lems – thanks to a gru­elling work­out and well­be­ing regime at the new-look health re­sort.

A friend of owner Stephen Pur­dew and his re­sort-found­ing mother Dorothy, Frank, 55, be­came the first per­son to have treat­ments at East­well Manor – two weeks ahead of its of­fi­cial open­ing to guests.

Frank said: “I just want to thank Champ­neys for ev­ery­thing they have done to help me get over some very dif­fi­cult years. My fit­ness at Champ­neys in Tring has been a key part of men­tal well­be­ing, and of course keep­ing me in shape.”

The Champ­neys takeover of East­well Manor was first an­nounced to staff and busi­ness as­so­ci­ates at the es­tate last Oc­to­ber. Tur­rloo Par­rett, who has owned the busi­ness since 1995, will con­tinue as of­fi­cial owner but has passed the man­age­ment reigns over to the Pur­dew fam­ily.

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East­well Manor will re­open to­mor­row af­ter a ren­o­va­tion that has taken six months

Frank Bruno at East­well Manor

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