A Cumbrian hotel has completed a major renovation to coincide with the owners’ 10th anniversary at the helm.

Paula and Wayne Williams took over the running of Edenhall Country House Hotel & Restaurant in Edenhall, near Penrith, at the start of 2008, and have spent a decade bringing the mid-17th century guest house up to the 21st century.

This latest phase of the renovation gives all 24 rooms en suite facilities while the decor and furnishings have also been modernised.

It has overhauled all its rooms including the spectacular Penthouse Suite which is now open to guests for the first time.

Mrs Williams said: "People have certain expectations of hotels these days, and we have worked hard to make sure that we meet them.

"When we first came to Edenhall it was quite run-down, but I think people can see the hard work we've put in over the last 10 years to get where we are now, and that shows in the feedback we have from our guests.

"Anyone who came to stay with us eight or 10 years ago would not recognise the rooms, but we've been careful to keep a country hotel feel while modernising them to keep up with people's expectations."

The hotel prides itself on being a "hidden gem", perfectly placed to welcome riders on the Coast to Coast cycle route and tourists using the A66.

Mrs Williams added: "We're close enough to the A66 for it to be a handy place to stop off en-route, but also far enough from the main road for it to be peaceful and tranquil.

"We are also really popular with golfers too, with the golf club just a few miles away.

"People who don't want the hustle and bustle of being in the middle of the Lake District also find Edenhall to be a great place to base themselves for a few days away."

The ambitious couple have big plans to establish Edenhall among Cumbria's most popular wedding venues, and the hotel is now licensed to hold civil marriage ceremonies.