Ragdale Hall Spa celebrates its 30th anniversary
This year is an incredibly special year for Ragdale Hall as we’re celebrating 30 years of private ownership. Where has the time gone?!
Ragdale Hall was purchased by the Nesbitts and Isaacs families in 1990, and now the next generation of both families are involved. Over the past three decades, Ragdale Hall has grown in the hearts of many people near and far, offering a blissful escape to press pause, relax and recharge; and is now one of the UK’s leading spa resorts with six pools (including a state-of-the-art Rooftop Infinity Pool), multi-million-pound heat and water experiences in the Thermal Spa, and industry-leading fitness and treatments.
We’ve also watched as the ‘Ragdale Family’ has also grown. As one of the largest family-owned independent businesses in Leicestershire, Ragdale Hall employs over 500 staff. This year, we’ve celebrated a whole host of milestone work anniversaries, including more than a hundred members of staff who have been at Ragdale for more than fifteen years, and six members of the ‘Ragdale family’ who have worked at Ragdale for thirty years- totalling a remarkable 360 years of service between them! Wow!
Carol Bowes is one of Ragdale Hall’s longest-serving employees and recently celebrated her 45th work anniversary. Carol started at Ragdale as a chambermaid when she was nineteen and for most of her time has worked in the Laundry and Housekeeping teams. Carol comments, “It is a great place to work. The Hall itself is a lovely building and I love meeting the variety of guests we get at the Hall – I feel lucky to be a part of it all.”
David Hamdorff, Ragdale Hall’s Chairman, also celebrated 30 years at Ragdale this year. Before embarking on his Ragdale journey, David was part of a London-based team advising prospective owners Garry Nesbitt (Penny’s late husband) and Michael Isaacs on the purchase of Ragdale in 1990. After seeing the potential of Ragdale, David made the move to Leicestershire to join the partnership in the venture. The Hall itself, under David’s expert guidance, has seen tremendous developments since then.
HR and Commercial Director, Allison Garner also joined Ragdale Hall in 1990, alongside Managing Director, Hugh Wilson. Hugh comments: “Traditional family values sit well with me, and it’s lovely to see how so many staff have developed over the years and that we’re now seeing the next generation of staff members join the 530 strong Ragdale family. And of course, the same can be said for our guests, many of whom now bring younger family members to share in their wonderful Ragdale experience.”
Health and Fitness consultant, Dean Hodgkin, also reached the landmark of 30 years as a member of Ragdale Hall team. Also celebrating 30 years’ service are Andrew Nicholson, (Head Gardener), Anne Williams (Housekeeping) and Nicola Watchorn (Dining Room).
From long-serving and dedicated staff members, to the welcoming and relaxed manner of the Hall itself, Ragdale Hall Spa continues to uphold family values, keeping them at the core of everything we do, and together we’re proud to celebrate 30 years of family.