The Yan at Broadrayne
The Yan at Broadrayne, a contemporary bistro with beds, will open its doors this summer in the heart of the Lake District. A stone’s throw away from the idyllic village of Grasmere, the 17th Century former farm will have seven plush en-suite bedrooms, a rustic bistro and open plan lounge area. Family-run, The Yan will epitomise Cumbrian hospitality, offering guests a wholesome welcome, hearty food and stylish interiors, placing the new bistro with beds as the perfect base for those who want to explore The Lakes.
Speaking to PREMIER HOSPITALITY, Dave Keighley, owner of Broadrayne Farm said: “We have completely stripped out a three story independent hostel that was converted in the early 90s from an original 18th century farm. It has now been taken back to the original outer stone walls, which has included removing the old staircase, the queen trusses, wooden roof purlins and the two upper floors to expose the old Lakeland slate roof. Steel has then been installed to replace the purlins and new flooring spanning from a new stair core.”
Nestled amongst the Central Fells, and named after the Cumbrian world for the number ‘one,’ the centre piece to The Yan will be an open plan bistro and lounge area. The area will combine elements of old and new to create a contrasting yet welcoming environment – a theme that will run throughout the interior design. Floor to ceiling windows and skylights will fill the communal areas with natural light, allowing guests to look out onto the breath taking natural landscape, while exposed steel girders and ceilings, wood clad panelling and slate features will create an industrial feel.
Each of the seven plush en suite bedrooms will have their own individual characteristics, reflecting the unique surrounding landscape and the original quirks of the historic building. Varying in size, the en-suite bedrooms will range from cosy doubles to spacious suites that sleep up to four, catering to the needs of individuals, couples and groups. Two of the bedrooms will also be pet-friendly, allowing guests to bring their furry friends away with them to explore the area.
The bistro will be open to both overnight guests of The Yan and the public, serving seasonal, hearty, dishes inspired by the farm’s rich history. A casual yet classy eatery, the menu will use locally sourced and sustainable ingredients as the focal point, creating rustic Cumbrian classics and nostalgic British favourites. Each dish will incorporate contemporary twists, with sharing plates used to add to the social feel of the bistro, creating a wholesome menu and ambience.
The Yan will be the latest addition to the Broadrayne Farm site, which is already home to Grasmere Glamping and Broadrayne Farm Holiday Cottages. Previously an independent hostel, The Yan is seeing an investment of over half a million pounds from Dave and Sally Keighley, who bought Broadrayne Farm in 2012. Moving to the area from Yorkshire, the pair has worked to successfully grow the Broadrayne Farm business, upgrading and expanding the sites offering, whilst improving guest service.
The Yan will be run by the couple’s daughter, Jess Manley, and her husband Will, with Jess as Operations Director and Will as Executive Chef. Both Jess and Will have comprehensive international hospitality experience, with positions across Australia, Asia and Europe. Most recently, the pair worked together in the French Alps, where they managed Auberge & Chalets Sur La Montagne – a privately owned chalet company with 27 luxury chalets and 22 bedroom boutique hotel. Will was the Executive Chef for the company and Jess the Area Manager. They worked to successfully turn the company from a seasonal business to a year-round destination due to their high standards of service and exceptional offerings. Since moving to The Lakes, Will has worked as a sous chef at the well-known Homeground Café in Windermere and at Michelin-starred restaurant, Forest Side whilst Jess has been working hard on both the design details off The Yan, along with the day-to-day running of the existing Glamping and Cottages business.
Dave said: “There was a lot of hard work and time getting us to the start of the project but now we are underway, it is all becoming very exciting! There have been times where it has been stressful but seeing it all come together feels like a massive achievement. We now can’t wait until it is finished and we can get started with welcoming guests in.”
The Yan will open in July 2019.