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UK Skinburness Hotel, Cumbria - may 2015

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The impressive Skinburness Hotel was built in 1878 by cumbrian architect charles ferguson at a cost of £22,000, for the family of Edwin Hodge Banks of Wigton where his family owned a small cotton mill. He enjoyed the lifestyle of a wealthy country gentlemen, keeping his 30-foot steam yacht, The Neptune, moored nearby. He was declared bankrupt in 1889 and vanished from the area.
The hotel has since passed through many hands. It was run by the government, as part of the Carlisle State Management Scheme between 1916 and 1971. After this period, it never really regained its original glory.

It has been closed since 2006 as business wasn't booming and the owners declared themselves bankrupt. it was bought in december 2007 for £450,000 by Northstar capital projects. Their plan was demolish the buildings and build a 64 room retirement home but the plans did not go ahead. It still stands Derelict.

The visit:
while i was on my caravan holiday in Siloth, i stumbled across this place and knew it wasn't to be missed. 
As i walked into the hotel gardens i came across a German shepherd, luckily it didn't see me and i snook back out onto the main road. I was thinking it was a guard dog or similar but after looking for secca it turns out it was an old ladys and she was just on her morning walk.
Access was easy and didn't have to look very hard. Once inside, the place was Dark, Dull and Demolished with the carpets ripped apart and floorboards taken up. The metal thieves have had a right good field day with the place. Hearing the wind coming through the broken windows on the upper floors can send you mind tripping into thinking your not alone with all the noise. 
Unfortunately the ground floor is in darkness as the windows have been boarded up so all the pics was taken with the flash. 
Did this one solo whilst the other half took our dog to the local park!


Front view of the hotel

Main entrance

Main staircase



Swimming pool & Jacuzzi

Bar area

Ballroom ( roof has collapsed)

Stairs leading to some of the rooms

some of the rooms....



Drink anyone?

Rear view of hotel

Thanks for Looking

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