Architects prepare Lakes hotel revamp

LANCASTER-based Harrison Pitt Architects has been appointed to work on the restoration of a historic Cumbrian hotel.

The practice will oversee the £2.5m project to give the part Grade II-listed Forest Side Hotel in Grasmere a new lease of life following its acquisition by local entrepreneur Andrew Wildsmith.

The hotel’s 23 guest rooms will be refurbished to create 18 larger en-suite bedrooms and three luxury suites. The dining room will also be extended to open onto a new garden terrace.

Harrison Pitt architect Andrew Walters said: “We are thrilled to be returning this impressive building to its former glory. The scheme will improve the appearance of insensitive additions that have been made over the years while restoring generously proportioned rooms based on the original building layout.

“While it means the Forest Side Hotel will have fewer rooms overall, the scale and standard of accommodation will be much higher so visitors will have the chance to experience luxuriously appointed rooms.”

Mr Wildsmith also runs hotels The Ryebeck in Bowness and Hipping Hall in Kirkby Lonsdale.