Historic Inn to Reopen Three Months Sooner Than Expected

Charlestowne Hotels has announced that the historic Deer Path Inn, in Lake Forest, Illinois is now on track to open at the end of this year. Originally slated to reopen in March of 2016, the Deer Path Inn closed its doors at the first of the year to begin its substantial renovation.

The renovation includes reconfiguring and designing guest rooms; refurbishing the Hearth Room and English Room; updating the Garden Room and banquet facilities; and adding a passenger elevator for access to the upper and lower floors. Now, The Bar and White Hart Pub, which were originally to be completed later in the project, will be worked on simultaneously with the other public spaces.

“An opportunity presented itself to make the scheduled modifications to The Bar and White Hart Pub earlier than originally anticipated,” said Matt Barba, the Inn’s general manager. “As a result, those improvements will be made in concert with the rest of the property, which will allow our iconic inn to reopen three months sooner than the initial target date.”

The Bar and White Heart Pub will temporarily close after the 4th of July holiday for the duration of the reconstruction. “Though unable to host our loyal patrons and friends of the inn during this time, we are excited at the opportunity to bring the Deer Path Inn back to life sooner than anticipated and we are eager to serve the community again at the end of this year,” said Barba.


Located in an historic Manor House (c.1453) building just 30 miles north of Chicago, the Deer Path Inn debuted in 1929 as a popular pastoral retreat for Chicagoans. Modeled after a mid-15th century Manor house in Chiddingstone, Kent, England, the half-timber and stuccoed Tudor-style inn features authentic detailing including stone fireplaces, leaded windows, and beamed ceilings. With an award winning Dining Room with Executive Chef Khellil and his talented culinary team, recognized by Zagat and DiRona – Distinguished Restaurants of North America, recognized by Wine Spectator magazine for having the “most outstanding wine list in the world” 18 years in a row, voted for the best wedding venue throughout the Northshore by Northshore magazine, guests and visitors alike are in for an unforgettable experience.

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Founded in 1980, Charlestowne Hotels is a leading full-service hospitality management company offering innovative expertise in hotel development, operational controls, marketing management, revenue optimizationand financial reporting. Regarded as one of the top hotel management companies in the U.S., Charlestowne Hotels leads its properties to consistently achieve RevPAR growth nearly double the national average. The brand offers a robust portfolio of properties around the country, from independent hotels and resorts to franchised properties and condos. By employing a proficient management style that hones in on the guest experience, Charlestowne Hotels drives its properties to regularly receive prestigious industry accolades such as Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List and Readers’ Choice Awards, Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for “Top City Hotels in the Continental U.S.,” and “Top 100 Best Hotels in the World,” as well as maintain top standings on TripAdvisor. For more information please visit

Posted on May 27, 2015

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