Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa received the “UK Independent Hotel of the Year 2010 Award” at the hospitality industry’s Catey Awards Dinner at Grosvenor House on Monday evening.
Lucknam Park, a country house hotel set in 500 acres of parkland is as dynamic and innovative as any cutting edge city hotel – probably more so. It was one of the first hotels in the UK to recognise the potential of the spa market and also offers an excellent equestrian centre to guests.
In true ground-breaking style the 42-bedroom hotel hasn’t rested on its laurels. Over the past 10 years more than £20M has been invested in refurbishing all bedrooms and public areas. In 2008 a new spa opened with 9 state-of-the-art treatment rooms, a 20-metre swimming pool and an in-out hydrotherapy pool, 6 thermal cabins and a fully equipped gymnasium.
Another new addition in the spa complex is the informal dining Brasserie which complements the Michelin star Park Restaurant. Both are under the direction of Executive Chef Hywel Jones who received the award “Chef of the Year” at the Hotel Cateys in 2008.
One of the judges commented that “Lucknam Park has for many years been an icon of the finest hotelkeeping in the UK but never tires of finding ways to improve and better its product. Harry Murray and his team are an inspiration to us all and proof that quality wins out”
Harry Murray, recently appointed Chairman of Lucknam Park & newly-appointed Managing Director Claire Randall received the award. Commenting after the presentation Harry said “Claire and I proudly accept this award on behalf of a dedicated and passionate team who constantly strive for continuous improvement. Whilst investment in the product is vitally important it is attention to detail and the highest standards of service that stamp the hallmark on a top hotel”.
Lucknam Park is an AA 5 Red Star Hotel and is a member of Relais & Châteaux. Last month the hotel received “Team of the Year Award” from the industry’s professional body the Institute of Hospitality.