Historic Lake District hotel sold as popular owners say goodbye

One of Windermere’s first and historic hotels has changed hands.

Jerichos, on College Road, dates back to the 19th century. It was built in 1870 by Robert Atkinson as the Waverley Temperance Hotel and became known as the Jerichos when the most recent owners, Chris and Jo Blaydes, took over the name of their former restaurant.

Located a short walk from the center of the village, the guesthouse retains some of its original features today, combining Victorian interiors with 21st century luxury. The hotel has a self-contained three-bedroom apartment for the owners, 10 en-suite bedrooms and planning permission for eight others.

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Chris and Jo took possession of it in 2008 and carried out a complete renovation. After maintaining the property in excellent condition and building a solid reputation for 14 years, they are now ready for a new challenge.

Jerichos has been sold to former teacher Hayley and former events and hospitality businessman Stephen Hallsworth, who will move to Windermere from Stafford.

Jo said: “What a chapter this has been. We absolutely loved every second of our stay at Hotel Jerichos. We were blessed to have had fourteen years of success which we will cherish and carry with us in our new endeavor. .

“We wish the new owners the best.”

The popular Windermere hotel is less than a mile from Bowness Bay and is surrounded by woodland and Lake Windermere, England’s longest lake, attracting thousands of visitors to the area year after year.

Commenting on the sale, Haydn Spedding, consultant to the Colliers Hotel Agency team, said: “Chris and Jo acquired the property in 2008 when it was known as The Waverley, reverting to the name their former restaurant “Jerichos”.

“They have completely renovated this 10 bedroom guest house in a contemporary style, providing their guests with high quality bed and breakfast accommodation.”

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