Pennington Hotels acquires two historic Lakeland Inns

By Luke Nicholls

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The Boot Inn is situated in the western Lake District, like the other Pennington properties
The Boot Inn is situated in the western Lake District, like the other Pennington properties
West Cumbrian hotel and leisure company Pennington Hotels has taken on two historic properties – the nine-bedroom Boot Inn in Eskdale and the 11-bedroom Pooley Bridge Inn near Ullswater.

The newly acquired venues will be re-branded under the family-run Pennington Hotels next month and will sit alongside Pennington Hotel, Coachman’s Quarters B&B, and Sella Park Country House Hotel in the group’s portfolio.

“The Boot Inn and the Pooley Bridge Inn are both historic properties that are firmly rooted within their communities,” said Craig Lowery, general manager of Pennington Hotels and Muncaster Castle, which is also owned by the Pennington family.

“We intend to ensure that they retain this strong community focus, while also bringing the standard of the rooms and food up to the high quality people have come to expect from Pennington Hotels. We want to create nice inn environments for locals and tourists alike.”

Different audience

The nine-bedroom Boot Inn dates back to 1578 and, like all Pennington properties, is situated in the western Lake District. The 19th Century 11-bedroom Pooley Bridge Inn is in a charming village in the north east of the national park, marking a departure for the company, bringing with it new opportunities.

Iona Frost-Pennington, owner of Pennington Hotels, added: “The Pooley Bridge Inn allows us to take the Pennington brand into a new area for the first time and will allow us to market the western Lake District to a different audience.

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The Pooley Bridge Inn is in a new area for Penington Hotels

“Similarly, people who are familiar with the quality experience they receive at Pennington Hotels will know they will be able to expect consistently high standards at both inns.

“Both of these properties are community institutions and we would like to work with local people, and suppliers, to make the inns fundamental in ensuring the future prosperity of the communities in which they reside.”

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Pooley Bridge Inn

Posted by Jackie Graham,

So sorry to see Matteo, Andrew, Sue and Christine leave the PBI. Will miss the fantastic meals and hospitality. Just hope the Pennington Hotel Group can live up to their standards. As a caravan owner in Pooley Bridge we have had some fantastic times at the PBI. Not happy to read that dogs are allowed to roam freely around the pub (as per recent review) especially when food is being served.

We haven't been in the pub since recent change over, put will comment once visited.

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