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12 things we know about Alton Towers' planned Enchanted Village hotel

6. The restaurant

Restaurant exterior

The lodge development will boast its own restaurant, designed to resemble a crumbling old shack. It will seat approximately 200 people inside, with a further outdoor seating area able to host 64 diners. The restaurant is expected to be a canteen-style affair, and the building will also host the reception area for the hotel.

7. An (almost) car free zone

The lodge area is designed to be largely car-free. On arrival, guests will park in one of eight parking spaces close to the main building. From there, they will be able to board a staffed golf buggy to transport their luggage to their temporary home. They will then park their car in the existing Car Park J. The only exceptions will be accessible units for disabled visitors, which will feature their own car parking space.

8. Play areas

Within the lodge development, there will be a total of 9 small timber play structures for children. A larger one will be located near to the restaurant building.

9. Clusters

Typical cluster

The lodges will form clusters, each with a play area at the centre. The restaurant will sit at the centre of the development, surrounded by the clusters.

10. Pricing

There's no detail on the cost of a stay at one of the lodges or treehouses yet, but the original application said that the goal of the development is to widen the variety of accommodation available at Alton Towers, "in terms of size, format and pricing". The lodges appear to be a relatively low-cost option, while the treehouses (with their associated hot tubs) seem likely to be more pricey.

11. The third attempt

Alton Towers Village

Alton Towers has submitted two previous sets of plans for similar "chalet village"-style developments. The most ambitious of these was former owner John Broome’s plan for Alton Towers Village, which was dropped not long after Tussauds bought the park. The plans for the sprawling, 33-acre village appear to have been inspired by the Center Parcs resort that opened in Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Forest in 1987 (a second resort, at Elveden Forest in Suffolk, followed two years later).

Hole concept art

The chalet village idea was revived by Merlin in 2012, when it submitted plans for a "phased development of 150 lodges". The two-phase project would have seen the resort install a range of lodges, "holes" and "huts" to the north of its two existing hotels, with the site opening in 2014. The accommodation would resemble the Hobbit houses seen in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, but the plans had – predictably - faced opposition from local residents.

The first phase, to open in March 2014, would consist of 8 double lodges (each housing two accommodation units), 64 single huts and 5 holes. A further 9 double lodges and 47 huts would be added in the second phase, to open in March 2015.

The application was withdrawn in May 2013. A spokesperson for the resort told Theme Park Tourist at the time: "Even though future expansion of the Resort’s accommodation remains a priority within the long term plan, a decision has now been made not to pursue this particular type of development at the current time and these plans have therefore been withdrawn."

12. Future plans

Alton Towers has previously successfully applied to extend the Alton Towers Hotel, adding either 36 suites plus two bedrooms or simply 74 bedrooms.

The latest application also makes reference to an extension to the existing Alton Towers Spa, adding a new "spa garden". A separate application will need to be submitted to support this, but much of the background work appears to have been done already.

What do you think?

Would you stay at a fairytale lodge development at Alton Towers? What do you think of the plans? Let us know in the comments below.

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looks very nice........looking forward to coming to stay in one of the tree houses next year

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