A new boutique hotel has opened in the Yorkshire Dales, marking a couple’s second venture into hospitality.
The Black Bull in Sedbergh is a new 18-bedroom hotel owned by James Ratcliffe and Nina Matsunga, who also own and operate the café and bakery Three Hares situated opposite.
The new business has now launched after a two-year transformation project, which saw a derelict 17th century building converted into The Black Bull.
Each one of the 18 bedrooms have been named after a local fell, with Japanese tubs, rain showers, bespoke furniture, hand-woven blankets made with Howgill Fells wools from Laura’s Loom, mirrors by Phil Constable, Petrichor toiletries by the Sedbergh Soap Company and carpets by Wools of Cumbria.
Nina heads up the kitchen, using the best quality local ingredients, as well as vegetables from their own gardens. She started her career in bakeries in Dusseldorf, before coming to the UK and working with James behind some of the most successful street food pop ups in Manchester.