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Independent London hotel opens a ‘country cousin’ in the Lakes

The team behind Georgian House Hotel in Pimlico, London, is opening a ‘country cousin’ in the Lake District. The hotel, to be called Victorian House Hotel, nestled in the town of Grasmere, will open its doors in February 2020. The hotel was sold in September 2019. Victorian House Hotel will have 19 individually designed bedrooms, a Shepherd’s Hut and several open-plan shared guest spaces designed by Laura Fulmine, as well as a tranquil riverside garden and a range of outdoor facilities. The new venture will see a classic Victorian building injected with modern and romantic design elements and eclectic details to complement the building’s original features. The informal yet welcoming environment will be perfect for couples, families and outdoor adventurers looking for a countryside retreat.

The 19 spacious bedrooms will be made up of a range of ensuite twin and double rooms, as well as two suites and one two-bedroom suite. There will be four special Stargazer rooms which will have dual aspect hip-to-ceiling windows. The windows will join at the corner of the room, giving a 180-degree view of the surrounding sky and landscape. Telescopes will also be put in every Stargazer room to give guests a chance to take a closer look at the starscape above them. In addition, rooms can be made more family-friendly with playful optional additions such as indoor teepee beds for kids. Four-legged friends will not be left out either, with several ground floor rooms that will accommodate dogs. Every room will have its own individual design, and each will be overflowing with character and charm. The rooms will have soft colour palettes with earthy tones to mirror the outdoor Lake District landscape, using textures, layering and warm lighting to create a cosy and inviting ambience. Each room will also have an eclectic mix of vintage and antique furniture with touches of statement prints and bold patterns.

A unique Shepherd’s Hut at the end of the garden will sit by the river and offer an alternative accommodation option for guests. The luxury hut, able to sleep two people, will have a country lodge feel and will be full of thoughtful design features such as wide French doors opening onto the riverbank, reclaimed wood cladding, a wood-burning stove and comfy armchairs. The Shepherd’s Hut will also have a beautiful private bathroom with bath, heated towel rail and armchair.

The shared guest spaces on the ground floor of Victorian House Hotel will be open-plan and welcoming with cosy nooks, snug sofas and crackling fires alongside classic Victorian character features. The high ceilings and original fireplaces in the lounge will be complemented with traditional, vibrant Georgian colours of warm, dark greens and dusky terracottas. Slate floors will be finished with vintage rugs, and casual seating with herringbone blankets and plush cushions to create a cosy feeling of ‘home away from home’. A conservatory at the back of the house will look out onto the garden and have a country farmhouse feel with an eclectic mix of furniture and extra seating space for guests.

A relaxed dining area will have a long, farmhouse-style table with mismatched seating and a reclaimed wood breakfast bar. The food offering at the hotel will focus on provenance and sustainability with the aim of sourcing as much local produce as possible. Breakfast will have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, and an all-day menu of Cumbrian tapas, cheese boards and light sharing dishes will also be available at the hotel with matching wine flights. The bar will be small and select, showcasing some of the best local and regional spirits – perfect for guests to return to after dinner at the pub.

Victorian House Hotel will be perfectly set up to welcome lovers of the outdoors. A Boot Room with bench seating and basket storage will provide a place for muddy walking boots, and wet coats while extensive bike facilities will allow guests to store and wash bikes at the hotel. For guests bringing dogs, a warm water dog shower will be available to clean off mucky pups and special doggy towels to dry them off after a day scaling the famous Lake District hills.

Victorian House Hotel will open in February with B&B rates starting from £150 per night.

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