Scafell Hotel has presented its newly-styled rooms that have seen a refurbishment following storm damage in 2015.
The Lake District hotel saw its ground floor rooms and bar destroyed two years ago when the River Derwent burst its banks in the wake of Storm Desmond.
Following a £280k investment and complete restoration of damaged areas, the refreshed rooms have welcomed their first guests.
Alongside the announcement of the restoration managing director Andrew Nelson said: “Our guests are important to the local economy, helping to support the livelihoods of other people in the valley including our many local suppliers, our twenty-seven employees and the shops and cafes that rely on tourists.”
Nelson continued: “Whilst our priority was initially the interior work, the gardens had also taken a battering and so we’ve used it as an opportunity for new planting and seating, including developing a quiet corner where guests can relax and soak up the scenery. At the same time our new head chef has taken over an area as a kitchen garden with the first produce coming to fruition this summer.”
As the river raged past Scafell Hotel, which stands at the foot of England’s highest peak and from which it takes its name, the water rose to such a level it brought water and debris into the hotel itself.
In addition, three more storm events followed in its wake further hampering the clear up work both at the hotel and along the valley.
Nelson was determined to rebuild those parts that had been damaged to be more resilient to possible future flooding whilst supporting the local community by using local products and suppliers for the work.
This included choosing green slate for the floors and bathrooms from the Honister mine, the last working slate mine in England, soft furnishings from nearby Keswick and top quality beds from Aspatria, with work being carried out by local builders, plumbers and joiners.
The restoration was designed to maintain the hotel’s signature appearance and has managed to retain key features including the open fire and window seats that look out over the river. The bar is also sporting a brand new look.