Lake District hotel made famous by celeb chef hits the market for £3m

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A Lake District hotel and restaurant made famous by celebrity chef John Tovey has gone on the market for £3m.

Miller Howe, the country house hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere, first opened as a hotel for business in 1971 by local born Tovey, who invested £53k in the project.

By 1989, Tovey’s chefing career was at its peak, with best-selling books and a popular television series under his belt, and the hotel and restaurant increased in value as a result.

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The AA three-star property was then sold to Charles Garside, former editor of The European newspaper and now assistant editor at The Daily Mail, who managed the business with his brother and sister-in-law before selling it onto the Ainscough family .

Miller Howe sits in four acres of landscaped grounds and is home to 15 bedrooms, a 2 AA Rosette restaurant, bar and conservatory.

It is also home to Miller Howe Cottage, a detached former cottage converted into additional accommodation.

Planning permission has also been granted for two additional bedrooms and to redevelop the conservatory.

Julian Troup, head of UK Hotels Agency at Colliers said: “Miller Howe is arguably the most high-profile and prestigious country house hotel in the Lake District National Park, offering unrivalled views over Windermere.

“Its landmark status means we are confident of attracting strong interest from both domestic and international prospective buyers.

“Due in part to the fall in the value of the pound against the Euro and the dollar, around 15 per cent of our UK hotel sales in the past 12 months have been to overseas buyers and there’s every indication that this trend will continue and indeed, strengthen.”

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