The Manchester office of leading hotel and licensed property specialist Colliers International has completed the sale of Hazel Bank Country House Hotel at Rosthwaite in Borrowdale, near Keswick.

The award-winning hotel with eight en-suite bedrooms was acquired by local business couple Gary and Donna Macrae. The Macraes are former owners of The Langstrath at Stonethwaite and continue to own The Wild Strawberry in Keswick.

Hazel Bank was built in 1859 by Thomas Simpson and was used by author Hugh Walpole as the setting for The Herries Chronicles and as the birthplace of his literary character Judith Parrish. It has three bedrooms for the owners and sits in four acres of landscaped gardens and grounds including a detached bungalow, let on a self-catering basis.

Haydn Spedding, associate director in the hotel and licensed property division of the North West office of real estate advisors Colliers International in Manchester, secured the sale from an asking price of £1.35m.

He said: “Hazel Bank is a beautiful country house hotel and it was no surprise that there was considerable interest, culminating in Gary and Donna’s purchase. They plan to offer their own well-known high standard of welcome and food at this outstanding hotel.”

Hazel Bank Country House Hotel