EXCLUSIVE: Askham Hall owners take on new pub to meet spike in demand for accommodation


The owners of Askham Hall in the Lake District have acquired a neighbouring former pub in a bid to meet an increased demand for accommodation.

Charles Lowther, who opened the 18-bedroom hotel in 2013 with his sister Marie-Louisa Raeburn and his wife Juno, has taken over the Queen’s Head in Askham, a short walk from the hotel, to help plug the gap for ‘much-needed’ accommodation at the hotel.

A refurbishment programme will soon be rolled out at the property, as well as a planned bedroom expansion at Askham Hall to bring the total room number between the two sites to around 25.

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The new offering sits adjacent to Askham’s new Health Barn, which focuses on wellness treatments for visitors and hotel guests and opened recently.

Speaking to Boutique Hotelier, Lowther says: “Our acquisition of the Queen’s Head, a former pub in Askham, will enable us to expand our much needed accommodation offering at Askham Hall.

“As we have expanded since our initial opening in 2013, we have found that there are increasing demands on the number of our bedrooms. So this will take the total number or rooms for us in Askham to between 20 and 30, an ideal number to accommodate our expanding guest requirements, but not too many that we can still provide a personal home from home feel.”

Charles Lowther and family also own and operate the George and Dragon at Clifton, which they opened in 2008.

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