The Inn Collection Group has made its seventh acquisition of the year with The Wordsworth Hotel in Grasmere.

The 34-strong Newcastle-based pubs with rooms operator has acquired the 38-room establishment, which joins fellow Cumbrian sites The Glenridding Hotel, The Regent Hotel, and Ambleside Lake House, along with North Wales venues The Bull Inn at Beaumaris, The St Kilda Hotel in Llandudno, and Harrogate’s St George Hotel in being added to the group’s portfolio in 2022.

The Wordsworth Hotel, which was originally constructed as a hunting lodge and opened as The Rothay Hotel in 1874, is the group’s latest investment into the Grasmere area, alongside existing property The Swan.

The group is actively seeking acquisition opportunities to grow its portfolio in the North England and North Wales.

MD Sean Donkin said, “We are delighted to bring The Wordsworth into The Inn Collection Group. It is a prime site, and we are really excited to add it to our estate.

“Grasmere is a beautiful village that enjoys a rich history through its connections with Wordsworth and the Heaton Cooper family and this acquisition lets us put down further roots in the community.

“We appreciate the history and esteem The Wordsworth is held in and we’re looking forward to welcoming guests in such a honeypot location.”

Edinburgh-based commercial law firm Burness Paull provided legal advice on the transaction, while Neil Hart at Newcastle-upon-Tyne based Bradley Hall advised on pre-acquisition diligence.

Neil Hart, group CEO at Bradley Hall, said: “We have a longstanding relationship with The Inn Collection Group and being able to offer them continuous support through their ever-expanding portfolio of hospitality venues is always a pleasure.

“We are proud to be part of this extensive period of growth for the firm as they expand their footprint across the Lake District to include over ten sites. I am very much looking forward to continuing our partnership on upcoming projects.”