Swan glides towards new spa

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THE Swan Hotel in Lavenham has applied for planning permission to change an art gallery next to the hotel into a state-of-the-art spa.

The hotel has recently completed a multi-million pound ground floor refurbishment, including updating its bedrooms, and is planning a preview event this week of the work carried out during the last 18 months.

The latest plan comes as an investment to provide ‘a gap in the market’ for a spa hotel in the area. The hotel, which dates from the 1400s, has purchased the gallery in order to provide the facility.

Swan general manager Ingo Wiangke, who joined the hotel in April, said a feasibility study had been carried out and a large-scale scheme for a spa had been submitted to Babergh District Council planners.

He said: “We identified a gap in the market and decided that The Swan was a great place to have a spa hotel as it lends itself beautifully to this type of addition. It’s going to be lovely.

“We purchased the art gallery and have applied for permission to change it and add to it. The gallery is a great asset because it has got access to the High Street.

“We held a meeting to explain our plans to the public and the feedback was positive.

“People often say that if the Swan does well the whole village benefits, so the vast majority are very much in favour.”

He said the spa would be open to day spa guests as well as residents of the hotel.