Levens Hotel near Kendal (Cumbria UK) advertising 1930s

Hot and Cold water in every room. Electric Light and Central Heating.
Although unquestionably the best and most central comfortable Hotel within a several miles radius of Kendal, it has been refused a licence. and visitors are requested to give previous notice of their requirements.

 

Number 1 at bottom (from book?)

Has been backed with thin cardboard. Slight crease LL corner. Faint smudge right side.

18  x 11.5 cm

 

The Villa Levens was originally Brettargh Holt, a family home for the Brettargh-Yates family designed by local architect, Joseph Bintley in 1871.

It was later owned by Sir Charles Walker whose passion for orchids lead him to build greenhouses against the large garden walls that still remain. His daughters were well known suffragettes.

When he died in 1920 the estate was auctioned off and soon became the Levens Hotel and was altered to designs by Malcom G Shaw (Kendal) in 1928.

Due, it seems, to failure to obtain a liquor licence, Sam Ashcroft sold the estate to the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and in 1944 it became a convent followed by a home for single mothers in 1946 with accommodation for up to 35 mothers and babies. 

http://www.thevillalevens.co.uk/history/