Cumbrian hotel celebrates 12% sales boost in 2015


A hotel in Barrow, Cumbria is celebrating after posting a 12% sales increase in 2015.

To top it off, The Abbey House Hotel has kicked off the 2016 with a new refurbishment, starting the second phase of its renovation programme on January 4.

The historic 61-bedroom hotel put its success in 2015 down to a bumper Christmas period that saw 1,700 guests stay.

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In addition, 14 weddings took place in December and Abbey House Hotel hosted a range of party nights.

The refurbishment, which will see the hotel’s Cavendish Suite transformed, started this month and will be in line with the fresh look the rest of the hotel has been given.

Abbey House Hotel is already gearing up for a busy 2016, with 145 weddings booked, among 200 other business and private events scheduled to take place this year.

The good trade has also meant that staff have benefitted, with 45 team members already exceeding the new living wage that comes into force in April.

Abbey House Hotel general manager, John Horton, said: “It is encouraging that with the ongoing growth of Abbey House Hotel & Garden’s that we are able to pass this security onto the team that work for us.

“I anticipate that by the end of this financial year we will have less than 20 per cent of our workforce on zero hours contracts which suits our college term workers well, enabling them to work the hours that suits their lifestyle and all important studies.”

Set in 14 acres of private woodland and gardens on the outskirts of Barrow, the hotel takes its name from the neighbouring ruins of one of Furness Abbey.

Built in 1914, Abbey House has been a Grade-II listed building since 1949.

It has been run as a hotel since 1984, and was given a major extension during the early 2000s.