The Oakman Group has acquired 48-bedroom The Woburn Hotel, after signing a 25-year lease with The Bedford Estates, as it looks to take advantage of the boom in staycations.

The site, Oakman’s 34th, will become the largest property in Oakman’s portfolio, which will now have a total of 225 bedrooms across the 13 of its venues which have accommodation.

The 18th century hotel sits in the gateway to Woburn Abbey and features seven individual cottages within the grounds in addition to the hotel bedroom, as well as three conference and event spaces, a restaurant and large bar.

Oakman said it was hoping to open the hotel on 17 May when restrictions on indoor dining are relaxed.

Dermot King, chief executive officer of the Oakman Group, said: “Following our acquisition of The Seafood Pub Company, this represents another major step in delivering our vision for the business.

“The Woburn Hotel represents a significant addition to our existing portfolio which contains many historical coaching inns and remarkable buildings. The Woburn Hotel’s history and strategic position in Bedfordshire make it a superb venue for both the leisure and business traveller.”

Kind added: “We now have 225 bedrooms across The Oakman Group and we will be looking to further grow our capacity. We are developing our ability to provide compelling ‘stay-cation’ packages as well as ensuring we meet the needs of business travellers.”