New owners for the Wensleydale Hotel

The Stone House Hotel near Hawes has new owners.

It was purchased by Joe and Holly Hobson from current owners Peter and Tracy Westwood and Tracy’s brother Chris Taplin, all of whom plan to retire from the hotel business after the sale.

The hotel was built in 1908 and has 24 rooms, a restaurant and a bar with 50 seats and employs around 40 people.

The acquisition represents a career change for Joe and Holly, who recently moved to the area with their two-year-old daughter after leaving full-time duties as solicitors in London.

Joe and Holly have family roots in Yorkshire and Cumbria, and Holly’s family are former owners of the Grange Hotel in Grange-over-Sands.

Holly said: “My family has a strong history and experience in the hospitality industry and I’m thrilled that Joe and I can continue this tradition in a community that has once been so welcoming to us.

“We hope to give back where we can by ensuring a fun working environment for the team, using local suppliers and supporting local businesses wherever possible.”

Joe added: “The Stone House already has an excellent reputation, a loyal clientele and an incredible team in place. Our primary goals are to retain and support this team as best we can and to leverage the hotel’s extremely high standard of guest experience.

“We are very happy to be part of the local community and help shape the next chapter in the hotel’s history.”

Chris said: ‘Peter and I have been running the Stone House for over 30 years now which means it’s not just a business it’s a home, many family members work alongside us .

“After careful consideration and discussion, we have decided that the time has come to let the new owners take over and lead the hotel to new successes and new horizons.”

Peter said: “The Stone House is in our blood, and it is truly satisfying to have established a place that will pass to new owners for the enjoyment of future generations.

“The Stone House has been an indelible piece of the landscape for over forty years, and we are extremely confident that going forward it is in excellent hands and will continue to be a jewel in Wensleydale’s crown.”

The couple were assisted throughout the acquisition process by business advisory and accounting firm MHA Moore and Smalley’s corporate finance team. Napthens provided legal advice.

Simon Carruthers, MHA Moore and Smalley said: “MHA Moore and Smalley have supported Joe and Holly throughout their move to the area and the acquisition process.

“They are passionate about the North Yorkshire region and the hospitality industry.

“I am proud that we were able to assist them in their acquisition of an excellent, well-established business and I look forward to seeing the business prosper and grow in the years to come.”

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