Set in a stunning location, the Swan Hotel at Newby Bridge has been a perfect place to stay for tourists visiting the South Lakes or for anyone who fancies a relaxing day by the River Leven.

It was set to be given a new look in 1997, while the £1 million refurbishment was set to create new jobs at the hotel, which had recently been bought by the Cheshire-based group Carriages Leisure.

The 36 rooms at the then 350-year-old hotel would be 'luxuriously refitted' and a gymnasium and new hi-tech conference facilities would be created within its grounds.

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Also part of the upgrade would be the extension of banqueting facilities for events such as weddings and dinner dances.

Manager Brian Crewes told The Mail: "These are exciting times for the Swan, which is going to build on its already good reputation."

The reputation that Mr Crewes spoke of had earned the hotel a National Training Award in 1995, following a programme that had revived profits at the bar and the Mailcoach restaurant and increased customer satisfaction.

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The award came as a surprise to manager James Bertlin, who had believed he was only collecting a regional award during the ceremony at Wigton.

A plaque and a £1,200 cash bonus was presented, which came after profits had picked up to £51,000 in the last 12 months.