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The 42-bed inn on the shores of Coniston water now features a direct lake access from the inn’s private jetty, and a pergoda with a large drying area for outdoor clothing and storing backpacks and boots.
A redesign of the bar and dining area includes open-plan areas, and a private dining room is available for larger parties or corporate guests.
An extension now houses 21 bedrooms, including interconnecting family rooms. All en-suite rooms feature the group’s signature tartan carpets and classic photo prints.
The property’s green credentials include a sustainable reed bed water purifying system, a biomass boiler, and a herb garden for the kitchen. Bedrooms have rechargeable lanterns for guests to use off site.
John and Anita Dodsworth are general managers of the new Coniston Inn. John said: “It’s been a long time in the making but the end product is second to none. We’ve been waiting for this day for 18 months and seeing the doors finally open fulfils a long-standing dream. We are so pleased to see everything we’ve been working on for so long come to life. It will be a great asset both for people living in the community here in the Coniston area and for visitors alike.”
The opening of the Coniston Inn will create 40 new jobs, while the group is also looking to recruit a further 50 people across its expanding portfolio of Lakes sites including The Ambleside Inn at Ambleside, The Swan in Grasmere and The Pheasant at Bassenthwaite.
The Inn Collection Group operations manager Chris Moor said: “The Coniston Inn is a massive boost for hospitality and tourism in the Lake District and for the local community surrounding the inn itself. We’ve created a real positive in the hospitality industry, generating jobs and actively recruiting. As The Inn Collection Group’s debut Lakes acquisition, it’s especially rewarding seeing The Coniston Inn open for business in what truly is one of the most breathtaking and unique addresses in the Lakes and one we as a group looked long and hard for over ten years to find.”