The Inn Collection Group grows portfolio with the acquisition of first Lakes property

The Inn Collection Group is to open its ninth site after completing the acquisition of landmark Lake District property The Waterhead Hotel.

The Inn Collection Group has purchased the freehold 24-bedroom property on its four-acre Coniston Water site from the Post Office Fellowship of Remembrance. 

The purchase of The Waterhead Hotel by the north-east based operator comes as the group prepares to open a £4m new-build unit in Amble, Northumberland and follows the completion of a major investment and expansion programme across its sites. 

Managing director Sean Donkin said: “We are absolutely delighted to add The Waterhead Hotel to our portfolio as we continue our ‘buy and build’ strategic growth plans.

“The Lake District has been a prime focus destination for our company and the addition of this impressive property in such an idyllic location will further enhance our offering to leisure and business customers.

“We will continue to seek to grow our portfolio with selective acquisitions of units and new development opportunities that fit with The Inn Collection Group’s blueprint of providing quality accommodation, food and beverages in outstanding inn environments.”

Thomas Daffurn Director of the Post Office Fellowship of Remembrance said: “This has been a very special day. We wish The Inn Collection Group and The Waterhead Hotel every success in the future as the hotel begins a new chapter in its history.”

The addition of The Waterhead Hotel brings The Inn Collection Group’s portfolio to nine properties trading or under development in the Lake District, Northumberland, County Durham and North Yorkshire. 

Newcastle-based law firm Ward Hadaway advised The Inn Collection Group on the transaction accompanied by Jones Lang Lasalle on pre-acquisition diligence.

Jobs boost as new Amble inn begins recruitment drive

The Inn Collection Group's landmark pub with rooms The Amble Inn will generate a jobs boost in the area as it begins a recruitment drive. 

Operators of The Amble Inn, The Inn Collection Group, have announced they are recruiting for the key roles of general manager, head chef, head housekeeper and assistant managers at the £4m Northumberland hotel, bar and restaurant. 

Further full and part time positions are set to follow, for front of house, bar, housekeeping, maintenance and kitchen staff at the inn which will create the equivalent of 35 full time jobs.

The Inn Collection Group operations manager Paul Brown said: “We are pleased to announce that we are beginning the recruitment process at The Amble Inn.  Generating jobs is a real high point as we progress towards our November opening. We are delighted  to be boosting Amble’s economy with the creation of 35 full-time employment positions in the area.

“This is an excellent opportunity for people to become part of The Inn Collection Group which is a dynamic, fast-growing business with a positive and motivational culture for those working with us. 

“The Amble Inn will provide a range of outstanding opportunities both for people who want to take their career in the hospitality sector to the next level as well as those new to the industry to join our team.”

In keeping with The Inn Collection Group model, The Amble Inn will be open 365 days a year providing value-for-money accommodation, quality drinks including local real ales and serve homemade pub food from breakfast until 9pm. 

The 30-bedroom purpose-built inn is located off the A1068 roundabout leading into Amble.  Once complete, the two-storey building will offer a mix of family, double, twin and accessible rooms. A 150-seat restaurant and bar area with further seating outside, on site car parking and cycle spaces will provide an attractive venue for daytime and evening trade.

The Amble Inn will operate on The Inn Collection Group model of providing value-for-money accommodation, quality beverages including local real ales, and homemade pub fare served all day, 365 days a year.

The Amble Inn, which is being built by Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, is the newest addition to The Inn Collection Group’s portfolio. providing accommodation, food and drink to leisure and business customers.

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Topping Out of The Amble Inn celebrated

Topping Out at The Amble Inn celebrated

The completion of the structural building work at The Amble Inn which will be operated by The Inn Collection Group has been marked with a topping out at the development site in Coquet Enterprise Park, Amble.

The new 30 bedroomed Inn, developed by Arch and its successor company Advance Northumberland is located off the A1068 leading into Amble from the south, the two-storey building has been designed to provide an attractive venue for daytime and evening trade. 

The investment of £4m is expected to create the equivalent of 35 full time jobs in the town once the building work and fit out completes later this year.

The Inn has been designed with 30 bedrooms including a mix of family and twin rooms, with a 150-seated restaurant and bar with further seating in an external terrace, car parking and cycle spaces.  The development is part of a wider plan to enhance Coquet Enterprise Park and the Inn will contribute to the town’s tourism offer by increasing the accommodation availability and helping to attract additional visitors.

The Inn will operate on the ICG model of providing value-for-money accommodation, quality beverages including local real ales, and homemade pub fare served all day, 365 days a year.The ICG has an expanding portfolio of Inns with rooms across the North East and North Yorkshire.

The Inn Collection Group's managing director Sean Donkin said: “We are excited to have reached this important milestone in the building of The Amble Inn and look forward to the completion of this landmark property.  

Our focus will now be placed on the building’s interior design and build. We will be creating something rather special which, once finished, will be a hugely popular dining and bar area supported with an excellent accommodation offering.

The Amble Inn will be a key driver in supporting Amble’s regional economy with strong job creation and inter trading opportunities as well as providing those who live, work and are visiting Amble with an outstanding new environment to eat, drink and sleep in.”

Richard Wearmouth Chair of Arch said: "This key development will bring quality, new accommodation which would undoubtedly mean more visitors and therefore more business for Amble. The Inn will not only enhance Coquet Enterprise Park as part of our long-term plans for the area but it will also bring much needed jobs to Amble. It’s developments like this which increase the potential for attracting inward investment to benefit Northumberland as a whole.”

Leanne shines as a Durham Tourism Superstar Finalist

Durham Tourism Superstar Finalist is The Kingslodge Inn General Manager Leanne Jeffrey

The Inn Collection Group's Leanne Jeffrey was a finalist in the hotly-contested Durham Tourism Superstar awards. 

Leanne, who is general manager of the Group's Durham city pub with rooms The Kingslodge Inn, was one of just five shining stars who reached the finals of the awards which recognise the dedication and passion of those working in Durham’s tourism industry who go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure visitors have a priceless experience in the county.

Leanne said: “I was incredibly proud to have been nominated for these awards and delighted to be a finalist in such a prestigious award for doing something that comes naturally to me and that I love to do. It is such an honour and a great privilege to be recognised in this way. 

“I take so much pleasure in sharing my passion for County Durham with our guests and passing on my knowledge to others, so they enjoy every moment of their time in our fantastic county. 

“I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and look forward to helping more people have a stay in Durham which totally exceeds their expectations.

“Congratulations to all the other finalists and of course to the Durham Tourism Superstar herself, Emily Hope of Beamish - The Living Museum of the North. She is absolutely shines in all she does and is so deserving of this title and I wish her the very best of luck when she flies the flag for Durham in the National Tourism Superstar Finals.”

Ivor Stolliday, chairman of Visit County Durham, said: “The competition is a wonderful way to recognise those individuals working tirelessly in the tourism industry. All of the finalists are incredible and each act as ambassadors for our county, we should all be extremely proud of them.”