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New owners for £1m Lake District B&B

A bed and breakfast in the prime Lake District village of Ambleside has new owners, purchased for an undisclosed figure off a guide price of over £1m.

Diamond Lodge was sold by Colliers, acting on behalf of Joe and Sarah Warzecha, who have decided to retire after five years spent running the venue. It underwent a comprehensive refurbishment when it was acquired by the Warzecha's.

The prominently-located guest house has been acquired by George and Jess Hardy, who already run a local holiday cottage company.

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

It presently comprises 10 spacious en suite bedrooms with 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-bed owners’ apartment on the ground floor, and planning permission has been granted for a further three suites.

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.”