The Jacuzzi & Sports room: Guests can enjoy the benefit of a 7 seater Jacuzzi and modern fitness equipment all overlooking a private veranda and housed in a conservatory with views over the Country Park.
NEW SPORTS ROOM AND SPA
It all started at the Builth Wells show in Summer 2005, when I spotted a hot tub. Having spent the afternoon reviewing different hot tubs, I paid a deposit and anticipated delivery in a couple of weeks.
My idea was to install the Jacuzzi in a log cabin in the garden. But on consulting the Brecon Beacons National Parks Authority, we discovered planning permission for a log cabin would not be granted. So where to put the Jacuzzi?
Our General Manager Ian Bloom had the idea of putting it in the derelict Aviary adjoining the old Conservatory. The Aviary of course would need some restoration work.
We then decided we’d need a space for exercise equipment – to create a sports room.
Next we realised we would need showers and toilets for the new sports room and spa.
We added disabled facilities including a disabled loo and shower and exercise equipment for the upper body (suitable for disabled use). All the levels on the floor had to be changed to allow wheelchair access.
The steel took 6 months to fabricate and erect instead of the five weeks or so quoted by the suppliers – not a problem as we were still scratching our head over the wall, ground levels and coping stones. Just straightening up the old iron rails on the patio outside involved a month digging up the old patio and laying new foundations.
Two and a half years later, and some £150,000 of work done, maybe I’d have been wiser to cancel the hot tub and lose my £300 deposit! The good news is that we have finished restoring Adelina Patti’s Aviary as shown. We have replaced what was an eyesore, the ugly hospital era glass lean-to, with a new glass and steel extension to house the sports centre and spa.
The sports equipment, lockers and changing rooms can now be used by overnight guests and Castle Club Members. Currently the terrace outside is unfinished but we should get some paving slabs down soon.