National charity Guide Dogs has sold the Windermere Manor Hotel in the Lake District to Starboard Hotels Ltd for an undisclosed sum.
The 35-bedroom property was put on the market for offers over £1.5m and will continue to provide holiday accommodation for the visually impaired and partially sighted despite the sale.
Starboard Hotels is a privately owned operator with a portfolio of 14 hotels across the UK with brands including Holiday Inn Express, Best Western, Days Inn and Ibis in the group.
The charity Guide Dogs has sold the hotel for ‘strategic reasons’ in order to focus on the core activities within the business.
Now Starboard Hotels will ’sympathetically’ restore the hotel as part of an investment into the new acquisition.
Paul Callingham, managing director and founder of Starboard Hotels, said: “We are delighted to have acquired this prestigious hotel from the charity Guide Dogs.
“We intend to sympathetically restore the hotel, maintaining the great facilities that already exist for people with sight loss and their families, alongside offering superb facilities for everyone to enjoy. We look forward to welcoming the hotel team and guests to enjoy being part of the Starboard family.”