Cumbria calls for former London workers as year-long £30k hotel project pays off

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A couple who swapped the busy London life for a career heading up their own hotel in the Lake District have unveiled the results of a year-long renovation project at their newly-acquired property.

Former city dwellers Peter Jaques and Amanda Walker purchased Victorian house Brownber Hall in 2016 for £645k and immediately took on a project to restore the tired property, which was already running as a mid-market bed and breakfast.

The couple invested £30k in the renovations, which took a year in total with the business closing for three months over the festive season and new year to allow structural work to be carried out.

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The 8-bedroom guesthouse, which dates back to 1800s, now boasts a younger, fresher and luxurious feel, avoiding the ‘old-fashioned’ and often ‘stuffy’ feel of an old country house hotel.

Speaking to Boutique Hotelier, Peter Jaques said now they will focus on developing the business further, with the growth of an F&B operation on the cards.

“We want to grow our year round occupancy,” he told BH. “We are also in the early stages of offering evening meals to our guests. We have longer term aspirations of developing the food & beverage side of the business, as there is a great space inside the building for a restaurant.”

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