This year we have been celebrating our 40th birthday; The Regent Hotel has been owned and run by the Hewitt Family since January 1980 – making it one of the longest-running family business in the Lake District.
After discovering the hotel was for sale in a chance passing through Ambleside, Brian Hewitt purchased the property at auction, arrived with his belongings, and switched on the water – which promptly began to run down the stairs!
Brian and his wife Christine - along with their three sons - opened the hotel to guests at Easter 1980 (and after one or two over-bookings resulting in them having to give up their own bedrooms) they turned the hotel around.
A few years later, despite a legal battle to be able to serve alcohol, the family opened DeQuincy’s Wine Bar, which put the hotelon the map – it was smart and Mediterranean in style with a brilliant atmosphere, and money from the wine bar enabled building of the first indoor swimming pool in the area, plus extra hotel bedrooms.
40 years on, The Regent Hotel is an established (and still family-run) hotel, with 35 beautiful bedrooms, Table 22 Restaurant and The Deck – our outside bar overlooking Lake Windermere. In 2019 we won the Cumbria Tourism Small Hotel of the Year award – which was certainly a highlight of the past 40 years.
Brian, Christine, Andrew and Jason are still seen almost every day, helping serve breakfast or welcoming guests in the lounges during the evening. Over the years they’ve seen just about everything happen, so if you see them around, we’re sure they’ll be able to tell you a story or two!