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New owners for Ambleside upmarket boutique B&B Diamond Lodge


A Bed & Breakfast in the prime Lake District village of Ambleside has new owners after being purchased for an undisclosed figure off a guide price of over £1 million.

Diamond Lodge was sold by the Hotels Agency team at Colliers, acting on behalf of Joe and Sarah Warzecha who have decided to retire after five years spent running the upmarket boutique Bed & Breakfast, which they named Diamond Lodge in tribute to Joe’s father, who owned a jeweller’s shop in Ambleside.

The prominently-located detached Victorian property, which has 10 letting bedrooms, has been acquired by George and Jess Hardy, who already run a local holiday cottage company. Jess is also undertaking a career change, having worked as a biomedical scientist for the NHS.

Commenting on the sale, Haydn Spedding, consultant to Colliers, said: “Joe and Sarah are well known and much respected guest house operators, having owned several in Ambleside and Windermere over the last 30 years. They are retiring to live near Kirby Lonsdale.

“Diamond Lodge offers discerning visitors luxurious Bed & Breakfast accommodation in a picturesque and accessible setting, and it will undoubtedly provide excellent business opportunities for the new owners George and Jess at a time when the Lake District World Heritage site is proving hugely attractive to the growing staycation market.

“As the COVID lockdown eases, Colliers is seeing considerable interest in quality businesses such as Diamond Lodge in the Lake District and Cumbria, and we currently have a very significant number of guest houses under offer.”

Diamond Lodge, which dates back to 1860, is located within walking distance of Ambleside village and Lake Windermere, with stunning fell views.

The property was originally known as Cherry Trees, but it was closed and underwent a comprehensive refurbishment in 2015 after being acquired by Joe and Sarah and they then reopened it as Diamond Lodge.

It presently comprises 10 spacious en suite letting bedrooms with high quality fittings including power showers; underfloor shower room heating; hard-wired wi-fi to each room; refrigerators; and tea and coffee making facilities. There is also a spacious two-bedroom owners’ apartment on the ground floor, and planning permission has been granted for a further three suites.

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Haydn Spedding


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Haydn qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1972 and has been selling hotels, guest houses and self-catering businesses since 1988. He joined Colliers Robert Barry following the takeover of Staintons Hospitality Surveyors in 2001 and is now an Associate Director. He is an active participant on the Commercial Members Committee of Cumbria Tourist Board.

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