Spike in demand sees expansion plan submitted at historic Teesdale hotel


A hotel in Teesdale is looking to expand after submitting a planning application for new bedrooms.

Owners of The Ancient Unicorn Hotel in Bowes are currently bidding to take over abandoned barns to the rear of the Grade-II listed building to transform into additional rooms, taking the total number of bedrooms at the property to 22.

The hotel, which often runs at full capacity, is also hoping to receive consent to create three new properties that could be used as holiday lets or private homes.

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Currently The Ancient Unicorn Hotel, which is owned by Andrew and Fiona Sparrow, is home to 14 bedrooms.

The design and access statement said that the proposed extensions will provide an opportunity to grow the business and consolidate accommodation on offer in Teesdale.

The Sparrows acquired the property three years ago after it had been closed for some time.

The barns at the rear of the hotel date in age to the 17th century through to the 19th century and are in varying states of disrepair.

Permission was granted a year ago to convert the existing barns into five dwellings, though no work was ever started.

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