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Local businessmen buy hotel located between the national parks of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales


Crooklands Hotel in Cumbria, which was put up for sale after its owners decided to retire, has been bought by two local businessmen who are brothers.

The three-star hotel, which was run for 18 years by the Horrax family, was sold by the specialist Hotels team at Colliers International for an undisclosed sum. It is located to the south of Kendal in a key trading position a few minutes from the M6 motorway, between the national parks of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.

The new owners of Crooklands Hotel are Chris and Rob Vincent, who previously owned nearby Mossdale Services at Carnforth, and are new entrants to the leisure sector.

Neil Thomson, associate director at Colliers International, who negotiated the sale on behalf of Charles and June Horrax, commented: “The sale of Crooklands Hotel demonstrates that buyers are taking a longer term view of their investments by entering into what has always been a robust trading sector.

“Crooklands Hotel attracted a wide spread of interest from buyers located locally, regionally and nationally, and we are delighted for Rob and Chris who were successful in their bid to acquire this fantastic mixed use hotel.“After being owned and operated by the same family for many years, it seems appropriate that the hotel will continue to by a family-run business with new owners who are brothers and successful businessman.”

Rob Vincent said: “We’d been looking for new business opportunities since selling the service station last year. We were aware Crooklands Hotel was for sale, and happened to go in there for a pint and what we saw ignited our interest.

“We decided it was a place we wanted to invest in as we know the area really well, having lived here for the past 30 years. The hotel is only about five minutes from our old business, and we’ve been enjoying bumping into some of our former customers and liaising with some of our previous suppliers.

“The service station that we sold was a family business that was set up by our mum and dad. We like the fact that we’ve bought another family business, and our plan is to keep the hotel’s family-friendly atmosphere and family values.”

Crooklands Hotel is set in around 2.2 acres and has 31 en-suite bedrooms. Facilities include a traditional restaurant and bar dating back to the 1700s as well as a feature open fireplace, plus a second restaurant in a more contemporary style. There is also a spacious banqueting room; a meeting room; a large car park with space for 120 vehicles, and an adjoining five bedroom owner/manager’s house.

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Neil Thomson

Associate Director

Hotels Agency


Neil is a part our Hotels team in Manchester, and joined Colliers International in 2010 bringing with him 25 years of experience in the property industry in both residential and commercial property sales. Neil specialises in the disposal of privately owned hotels, licensed and hospitality businesses, throughout  the North West and North Wales regions, and has played a vital role in ensuring completion on a multitude of different types of hotels during his involvement in the hotel industry. 

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