THE Milburn Arms Hotel is to reopen after being taken on by the team behind wedding venue Danby Castle.

Danby Castle Ltd is overseeing the renovation of the building at Rosedale Abbey, near Pickering, and will be reopening The Milburn Arms as a country house hotel, bar and restaurant by Easter this year.

The hotel closed in 2008 following a fall in tourist trade.

Carolyn Bavister, director of Danby Castle Ltd, said: “The 2013 season at Danby Castle has been a huge success.

“We had been looking for another suitable venue, and as we don’t have any accommodation on site at the Castle, naturally the next progression would be to find another venue which meant we could offer this.

“We wanted to ensure that we would find somewhere located close to Danby and have the ability to offer a totally different style of wedding.

“The Milburn Arms Hotel allows us to offer a more traditional option in terms of the location and surroundings, while allowing us to offer accommodation and restaurant facilities for locals and tourists”