Two large Lake District hotels will not reopen after their parent company collapsed into administration.

The Derwentwater Hotel in Portinscale, near Keswick and the Windermere Hotel on Kendal Road, Windermere were owned by Specialist Leisure Group.

The hotels, which operated under the Coast & Country Hotels brand, were forced to close due to government restrictions as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold.

A message from the administrators on their websites said: "All hotels trading as Bay Hotels, Coast & Country Hotels and Country Living Hotels will not reopen."

Specialist Leisure Group also owned several travel brands, including Shearings Holidays, National Coaches and Wallace Arnold.

More than 64,000 bookings have been cancelled and around 2,500 jobs lost due to its failure.

The firm struggled to issue thousands of refunds due to the pandemic, while new bookings ground to a halt.

In a statement group, chief executive Richard Calvert said: "The effects of Covid-19 on our 117-year-old company and the wider travel industry have been devastating."

Customers with hotel-only bookings have been advised to contact their credit or debit card provider in a bid to retrieve their money.