Ragdale Hall’s owners celebrate 25 years!

Jun 10, 2015
Posted in: Featured, Ragdale Hall News   Posted by: Tracy Lawrence
Michael and Gary

Michael Isaacs (left) and Garry Nesbitt (right) just after purchasing the Hall in June 1990

Monday 15th June 2015 marks 25 years since Michael Isaacs and the late Garry Nesbitt purchased Ragdale Hall.

Many of our guests, members and staff have been with us since the beginning and enjoyed watching the Hall grow into the award winning health spa it is today, however for those who are relative new comers, here’s Co-owner Penny Nesbitt explaining how it all began…


Reaching the 25th anniversary of owning Ragdale Hall has made me reflect over the years and remember how my late husband Garry and his business partner Michael’s association with Ragdale began.

I actually visited Ragdale as a guest for the first time in 1985 with a friend who was a great fan. I remember very clearly the combination of boot camp and starvation. Especially the Ragdale breakfast ‘biscuit’, otherwise known as the ‘cardboard brick’. How things have changed!

However, despite all of this, I absolutely loved the experience and returned several times. The magic of walking through those double doors and stress just melting away was a powerful incentive to keep on returning.

When the opportunity arose to buy the Hall, I managed to persuade Garry and Michael, also a very dear friend, to come and see Ragdale. At the time they were interested in a gym in London, associated with Ragdale at the time, with a view to expanding into a chain of clubs. Not a bad idea 25 years ago!

However, they too were seduced by the ‘Ragdale magic’ and miraculously we were able to acquire the Hall.

Over this time, there have been amazing developments and changes, in which I have been able to play a part. It has all been such a joy and I feel proud that Michael and I have a business that makes guests who visit very happy.

I am also extremely proud of all the wonderful staff who make an invaluable contribution to the Ragdale magic.

I know Michael will join me in saying a very big thank you to everyone, guests and staff alike, for a very special 25 years.

Long may it continue.

PENNY NESBITT

Michael Isaacs & Penny Nesbitt

Michael Isaacs & Penny Nesbitt


We have placed a 25th Anniversary display in Main Reception with some further information on, so please take a look next time you’re here.

We’ll also be having a #‎throwbackthursday‬ on Twitter and Facebook for the next few weeks to celebrate, so if you have any old photographs or memoirs we could use, please feel free to post them below or email to marketing@ragdalehall.co.uk.

On Wednesday 17th June, Michael Isaacs, co-owner of Ragdale Hall, added:

I would like to personally thank everyone who has sent good wishes to Penny Nesbitt and myself on the occasion of our 25th anniversary of owning Ragdale Hall. Together with the whole Ragdale Team, of whom we are very proud, we have reflected on the progress achieved in those 25 years. 

We thank you for your loyalty, support and encouragement and assure you we will continue to reinvest in our facilities, improve our service and, most of all, continue to look after our guests to the best of our abilities. 

Here’s to the next 25 years!

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