Grade-II listed, 19th century Farlam Hall in Cumbria has been sold after four decades owned by the Quinion family.
The sale of the 12-bedroom hotel, four cottages, six-acre estate was completed through Christie + Co to new owners and regular guests Joe Walter and Kathy Mares from the US.
The property was sold for an asking price close to £1m for the freehold interest, with the additional accommodation included at a supplementary cost.
The Quinion family decided to sell Farlam Hall in order to retire, having built up a reputation for the property over the last 44 years. They said: “We have had a wonderful 44 years here and we are selling with a heavy heart, but the time has come for us to move on. We wish the new owners, Joe and Kathy, and also the new managers, Peter and BB, all the very best for the future.”
The new owners, Joe Walter and Kathy Mares, are based in Seattle, Washington, in the US and also currently own a bed and breakfast in Carmel, California.
Joe & Kathy comment: “We’ve been guests and fans of Farlam for more than 20 years. We love the ambience of the house, the great food, and there are few locations in the world with such stunning natural beauty. When it came up for sale, we had to buy.”
Alongside the new owners, the sale of the hotel sees a management team being introduced, husband and wife team, Peter and BB Hall. The Halls come from 28 years managing Wadenhoe House in Northamptonshire which was recently sold back into private ownership.
Having initially shown interest in purchasing Farlam Hall, Peter and BB took the opportunity to operate as managers of the hotel following the sale.
Peter comments: “Both BB and I are delighted to have been tasked with taking Farlam Hall forward. We have been touched by the warm welcome we have received from both existing guests and staff, many of whom have connections with the hotel over many years. This is testament to the warm and welcoming reputation of Farlam Hall, something we are very much focused on building upon.”
Farlam Hall is also part of Relais and Chateaux and comprises a 40-cover restaurant, two lounges and function spaces.
Mark Worley, director at Christie & Co who handled the sale, comments, “It has been a pleasure to act for such a lovely family as the Quinions, who had been ideally suited to the hospitality industry. It was also great to be given the task of selling such a beautiful hotel in a picturesque part of the world. There was so much goodwill surrounding this sale, between the buyers and sellers and also the management team and this helped hugely in smoothly completing the sale process.”