Castle Green Hotel opened in December 1997 but the building itself dates back to 1847, when Thompson Bindloss, a Kendal Ironmonger bought the site for £3450. He built the house which today forms the Business and Training Centre and the executive bedrooms. He left the house to his nephew, William Bindloss, who was Kendal’s Mayor six times. When William died, he donated the house to the Borough of Kendal in his will in 1895. The house was sold and the proceeds were used to extend the Town Hall and to build the clock tower, which is a feature of Kendal today.

Between 1949 and 1995 the house was owned the Electricity Board as their area offices and around 300 local people worked in the building. James and Catherine Alexander, previously owners of the Grange Hotel in Grange-over-Sands, bought the property in 1995 and had the vision to convert and extend it into a perfect hotel for Kendal. James and Catherine are the sole shareholders of the Castle Green Hotel and are proud that once again more than one hundred people are employed here.

Our Team

Our team of staff are Castle Green Hotel’s best asset and the friendliness and professionalism of the team is commended time and time again by our guests. Over the years we have created a good working environment and ensure that our staff feel valued and enjoy coming to work. We have been ‘Investors in People’ since 1999 and were one of the first hotels in the country to achieve the ‘work life balance’ standard. Individuals and departments have won regional awards over the years for their skills in cooking and hospitality. We have over 40 members of staff in our ‘Five Year Club’ – around 30% of the team and host our 'Five Year Club Dinner' annually at the beginning of December. Our mission is to ensure an enjoyable working environment, provide a high reward and to maximise the potential of all our employees who are all from the local area. 

With staff turnover at a third of the industry average you can be assured of a friendly welcome by a familiar face.

OUR community

There a number of cultural festivals which take place in and around Kendal that the hotel sponsors, either in monetary terms or in reduced accommodation rates or use of our facilities - Mintfest, Lakeland Sinfonia, Torchlight Carnival, Kendal Mountain Festival. We also have a significant annual budget for requests made by local charities and community groups for raffle prizes.

Our environment

Our gardens are very important to us.  We know many of guests love to stroll through the grounds, check out the plants or simply to find the closest bench to sit on!  The Hotel enjoys Gold Status in the Green Tourism Business Scheme so you can be assured of our commitment to keeping everything as green as we can.  Our Inspector on his last visit commented that we "had an outstanding commitment to local suppliers particularly with food and drink. Also strong was good monitoring and training for staff to help improve environmental performance, good recycling practices and active support for local good cause."

Pete Crane, Maintenance Manager, and his team completed their work on the Woodland Trail and we have successfully reopened the woods for guests to enjoy the diverse wildlife and plant species.

Pete, along with Executive Chef Justin planted some apple trees a few years ago at the front of the hotel, we now enjoy a good supply but we still need to supplement from our grocer!

Pete and John have been listing all the wildlife and plants we have at Castle Green and have come up with an impressively long list. Of particular note is our resident Kestrel in Alexander's, our great crested newts in the bottom car park and our great spotted woodpecker in the woods.  Let us know if you spot anything else!

Our Sister hotel

Best Western Plus Pinewood on Wilmslow, Handforth, Cheshire SK9 3LF

www.pinewood-hotel.co.uk    01625 529211

The Pinewood was bought by the Castle Green Directors in May 2011. The Hotel is set in its own walled garden and is situated only 3 miles from Manchester Airport and 20 minutes drive from The Trafford Centre.

The Hotel boasts 89 bedrooms (extended from an original 58) a rosette awarded restaurant in One Eighty and two large conference/function rooms.