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New era for popular Lake District Hotel

23 03 22 New era for popular Lake District Hotel hero

The historic country guest house Fairfield House has been sold by the specialist hotel agency team at Colliers, from a guide price of £925,000.

Originally built in 1830 as a wedding gift by the Garnett family for their son, Fairfield House occupies a superb location on Brantfell Road. The house is situated in a quiet and elevated position only a few minutes from the centre of Bowness-on-Windermere village. 

Fairfield House was acquired by Tony and Elizabeth Blaney in 2002 who during their ownership have retained the interior style of the early 1900s, reflective of the Charles Renee Mackintosh era. The house contains five bedrooms plus two self-contained two-bedroom apartments for letting, breakfast room for 18 covers, bar, resident lounge, and gardens that look towards Lake Windermere. This unique property has been a successful all-year round business for 20 years and has proved extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. After having enjoyed their years at Fairfield House, the owners have decided to retire to live closer to family and sold the guest house to Nick Bailey who moves to Bowness from Morecambe.

Nick said: “I am thrilled to have secured this iconic property as I’ve had my eye on it for some time. This is a highly admired hotel so it’s a pleasure to take the business on board. The previous owners have done a really great job with the hotel, and I am looking forward to putting my own stamp on things.”

Fairfield House is only a few minutes' walk from picturesque Bowness Bay, one of the most popular locations in the Lake District attracting thousands of visitors every year. The town has a vibrant, bustling atmosphere benefitting from sailing marinas, the Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Steamboat Museum and array of bars and restaurants. 

Haydn Spedding, consultant in Hotels Agency team at Colliers comments: “Fairfield House is a lovely, detached property, with immense character and set amongst wonderful, landscaped gardens. Tony and Elizabeth are known to many in the village as Tony has been a prominent figure in the Lakes Hospitality Association and a former Chairman. It was a pleasure to act on the sale and I am excited to see what Nick has in store for the future of the business. The sale of Fairfield House continues to illustrate the strong market demand for hotels and guest houses in the Lake District and Cumbria. “

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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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