A two-year transformation of a derelict hotel building in Cumbria will come to fruition this September when a new boutique bolthole opens in its place.
The Black Bull in Sedberge is a 17th century coaching inn which had been vacant before being acquired by James and Nina Ratcliffe in 2016.
After a two-year renovation project, the pair, who also run the Three Hares restaurant opposite the hotel, will open the doors to the new 18-bedroom boutique, expanding their hospitality portfolio.
Each bedroom is named after a fell top, with Herdwick carpet, natural soaps and other locally-sourced amenities.
Alongside the bedrooms, there will also be a 100-cover restaurant headed up by Nina Ratcliffe serving ‘nose-to-tail’ dishes using local ingredients, with a bar serving craft beers and cocktails, bidding to become a ‘destination in itself’.
The Black Bull was originally scheduled to open in July but will now launch to the public this September.