MP declares Ullswater holiday park “a shining example” of tourism excellence

Outside the restored mansion house at Waterfoot Park are (from left) Dr Neil Hudson MP, George Kemp, head of parks at Lake District Estates, and park manager Michael Swift

PENRITH AND THE BORDER MP Dr Neil Hudson helped put Cumbria’s hospitality industry under the spotlight on a visit to a five-star holiday park this spring.

Dr Hudson was at Waterfoot Park near Pooley Bridge on Ullswater at the invitation of its family owners to help mark English Tourism Week in March.

The MP was welcomed by George Kemp, head of parks at Lake District Estates which owns Waterfoot, and the park’s recently-appointed manager Michael Swift.

On the itinerary during Dr Hudson’s visit was a tour of Waterfoot’s grounds to see the results of recent investments to further develop its facilities and accommodation.

These include extensive refurbishments to part of the park’s historic mansion house which now provides 16 high-specification luxury apartments for guests.

The Edwardian building has also undergone other upgrades, including the restoration of its sumptuous bar area, which retain all the mansion’s original charm and character.

Speaking after his visit, Dr Hudson said: “I am incredibly supportive of the team at Waterfoot Park and Lake District Estates, who do so much to grow our economy and our communities.

“This family business is an incredibly positive ambassador for our part of the world, and attracts many returning visitors who, in turn, also allow other local independent businesses to thrive.

“Beyond their contributions to employment and the wider visitor economy, the company is committed to improving our local communities for those who live and work in them.

“By awarding community grants and making charitable donations to good causes, Lake District Estates has supported everything from local sheep dog trials and agricultural events to trips and resources for young folk and schools.

“The team are a shining example of best practice in Cumbria’s blossoming tourism sector, and they have both my gratitude and my full support,” said Dr Hudson.

Rachel Bell, Lake District Estates’ head of marketing and business development, said everyone was delighted that Dr Hudson was able to take time out to visit Waterfoot.

“We are now looking forward to a very busy year on our parks,” she said. “As staycations continue to rise in popularity, we’re excited to be able to help visitors enjoy beauty of the Lake District in first-class surroundings.”

Lake District Estates operates six top-rated holiday parks in Cumbria as well as marina in Lancashire, and a number of popular Lake District tourist attractions.

More information about the group and its parks is available at