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FURTHER expansion is planned at Steve Gibson's luxury hotel, spa and golf complex Rockliffe Hall as it revealed a fall in losses.

The annual results for the Boro chairman's five-star development show a pre-tax loss of PS105,000 in the year to June 30, 2019.

The deficit is down from PS347,000 a year earlier and comes despite income dipping from PS10.6m to PS10.4m.

Mr Gibson said revenues from the PS24m Hurworth facility remained strong while costs came in under budget as workforce numbers were cut by almost a fifth.

The Middlesbrough FC owner said in the accounts that further development of the complex was planned. He said: "Plans are in place to further develop guest experiences and products across the resort to deliver growth in all areas in the next financial year."

The planned expansion comes after investment in the facility in recent years.

A new family-friendly development Mischmasch opened at Rockliffe in 2018.

An area of woodland and fields adjacent to the hotel's grand Old Hall, has been transformed into a whimsical Alice in Wonderland inspired play area.

Mischmasch, which means 'a disorderly mixture of things', was the title Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Dodgson, who grew up in nearby Croft) gave to a periodical he wrote for his family in the mid-1800s.

The spa has also undergone a PS180,000 makeover, with new additions including further thermal rooms and experience features.

Rockliffe Hall's spa is one of the largest in the country, and its Good Spa Guide '5 Bubble Spa' status places it among the best in the north of England.

There's 50,000sq ft of spa and treatment facilities, including a 20m pool, a bubbling hydrotherapy pool, an outdoor jacuzzi, an igloo, a tepidarium relaxation room with heated beds, a caldarium steam room and a tropicarium, and a Roman sauna.

The spa revamp follows a PS200,000 renovation of the gym, which saw the installation of new cardio, resistance and functional training equipment.

The spa was last week shortlisted as one of five finalists for North East, Scotland and Northern Ireland Spa of the Year in the Professional Beauty Awards 2020.

Rockliffe Hall won Best Spa for Wellness at The Good Spa Guide Awards at the end of last year. The accounts showed a rise in income at the golf course to PS827,000 from PS787,000.

Turnover from accommodation and the spa were broadly in line with the previous year while sales from food and drinks fell from PS4.4m to PS4.1m.

The company's workforce fell to 262 from 323.

Rockliffe's parent company is Gibson O'Neill, which also controls Middlesbrough FC and chemical transport company Bulkhaul. The companies report their accounts separately.

Bulkhaul last week revealed record profits of PS44m while Middlesbrough FC is yet to announce its results.


Steve Gibson at the Riverside Stadium. Rockliffe Hall's parent company Gibson O'Neill controls Middlesbrough Football Club and chemical transport company Bulkhaul

The Spa Garden at Rockliffe Hall and, right, Mischmasch, which has proved a success after opening two years ago

Rockliffe Hall

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 6, 2020
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