A Lake District holiday complex has been recognised by the Government for its approach to investment and development.

The Langdale Estate, in Great Langdale, near Ambleside, has been featured in the Government’s Tourism Sector Deal which was announced by the Prime Minister Theresa May at the end of June.

The estate, which employs around 250 staff, is one of only 13 examples to be used as case studies in the 60 page document.

Other case studies include Liverpool, the National Trust and Birmingham City Airport.

The deal is designed to support increased productivity in the tourism industry, as well as helping the industry take advantage of new markets and take on "grand challenges" relating to the data-driven economy, clean growth and an ageing society.

The deal featured Langdale Estate as an example of a business that has invested significantly in its accommodation, restaurant, fitness, and leisure facilities.

It highlights that over the last eight years £15m of investment has transformed the Langdale Estate and enabled it to widen its offer to include developments such as the Brimstone Hotel, Brimstone Spa and Stove restaurant.

The developments have been designed to encourage year-round visitors to come to the Lake District.

A further £1.2m is expected to be invested in the Langdale Estate each year.

Nick Lancaster, managing director of Langdale Estate, said: “It’s good to be recognised in such an important piece of work for the tourism industry.

"We are proud to be the only Cumbrian business featured in the sector deal and actually one of only a handful of businesses, organisations and initiatives featured from the whole of the UK.

"We continually invest in Langdale Estate and in our team to ensure it’s the best it can be both right now and for the future.”

The Government hopes the deal will help the industry prepare for an estimated additional nine million visitors by 2025.

Commitments in the deal include creating an extra 130,000 new hotel rooms across the UK, with 75 per cent of them outside London.

The government will also pilot five tourism enterprise zones, which could receive targeted support for product and promotion development, mentoring and digital skills training.