THE luxury 'Wordsworth Hotel' in Grasmere is the seventh property that The Inn Collection Group added to its portfolio this year.

The Newcastle-based company also owns The Swan on Keswick road in Grasmere. It claims that it is building new staff accommodation facilities to provide space for its growing workforce in the area. The Wordsworth is the 34th property to operate under The Inn Collection Group banner. 

The 38-room hotel opened as The Rothay Hotel in 1874 after originally functioning as a hunting lodge for the Earl of Cadogan, It is now named the Wordsworth Hotel as the poet called Grasmere 'the loveliest spot that man hath ever found.' 

The hotel is most famous for hosting VIP guests, including US President Woodrow Wilson. The hotel sits on 2.5-acre grounds.

The Inn Collection Group managing director Sean Donkin said: “We are delighted to bring The Wordsworth into The Inn Collection Group. It is a prime site, and we are really excited to add it to our estate. 

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“Grasmere is a beautiful village that enjoys a rich history through its connections with Wordsworth and the Heaton Cooper family and this acquisition lets us put down further roots in the community. 

“We appreciate the history and esteem The Wordsworth is held in and we’re looking forward to welcoming guests in such a honeypot location.” 

Other sites in Cumbria taken over by the group this year include The Glenridding Hotel, The Regent Hotel and Ambleside Lake House. 

Outside the region, in 2022 it has also received the keys for The Bull Inn at Beaumaris and The St Kilda Hotel in Llandudno in north Wales, and Harrogate’s St George Hotel in Yorkshire. 

Neil Hart is the group CEO at Bradley Hall, the law firm that assisted The Inn Collection Group through the acquisition process.

He said: “We are proud to be part of this extensive period of growth for the firm as they expand their footprint across the Lake District to include over ten sites. I am very much looking forward to continuing our partnership on upcoming projects.”