Extension plans on the cards for Penrith Inn


 The owner of a Grade-II listed hotel in Penrith has submitted plans to double the size of his property.

Gerard Ratcliffe, owner of The Stoneybeck Inn at Bowscar is applying to Eden District Council to build a new extension at the back of the property, adding eight new bedrooms to its offering.

The current number of bedrooms stands at seven, so if the new project is given the green light it would take this total up to 15.

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The plans would not alter the main building of The Stoneybeck Inn, instead extend a separate accommodation building at the rear of the premises, Beck Cottage.

The planning application states: “The application is to provide additional letting bedrooms for the business in line with increasing demand for such facilities.

“Stoneybeck Inn has enjoyed high occupancy levels since conversion of existing accommodation to seven bedrooms in 2013/14.

“The proposed extension is at the rear of the site when viewed from the A6 and makes use of a small parcel of land which is currently unused.”

Ratcliffe has been the current owner of the property since 2007, transforming it into a modern venue and adding a major extension in 2010. It is now home to a 80-cover restaurant, function, wedding and conference facilities.