About seven years ago some friends of ours asked if they could hold their wedding
reception in our old marquee (a pre-
The Hotel Inspector
In 2011 we were approached by Channel 5 to go on their programme ‘The Hotel Inspector’; we initially rejected the idea as we didn’t feel it was something which would benefit us. However they convinced us to allow them to come and interview us, and a few days after the preliminary interview we were informed that we had been chosen to go onto the show. We hesitantly agreed to this, deciding that the publicity would not be a bad thing, but still unsure as to their filming plans. They started their filming in the April of that year, and it continued for around six months, with our episode first being aired in October of that year. We are aware that there are mixed feelings on our appearance, but it cannot be denied that the publicity and therefore the business, which we gained from appearing on the show, has done the business no end of favours. Since the programme was filmed, there have been many more changes at Grimscote Manor Hotel; again doing all of the work as a family, we have joined the annexe and the manor house together and moved up from a 2 star small hotel to a 3 star small hotel. We have also been granted planning permission to build a ten bedroom extension and an orangery. With these changes implemented, we plan to become a 4 star hotel in the next few years, complete with a fantastic restaurant and an amazing wedding service and venue.
Gill and I first noticed the property go on the market in 2000, when it was a semi-
In order to be able to afford the move, Gill and I both had to sell our own properties,
and we then spent the next ten years working tirelessly to transform the place, with
a lot of help from my brother Gordon, and all of us working essentially non-
This section of the manor house had been possibly the worst neglected, as amongst other things it contained plastic bags filled with things you could only imagine and we later discovered the reason for that; it had been used to house illegal immigrants which when the police raided it, they had managed to apprehend over thirty individuals.
The timing of our purchase of Grimscote Manor Hotel couldn’t have been a better, as work on the new M6 Toll Road had just begun and we were therefore almost instantly full. Our initial clientele were the contractors for the toll road, and therefore wanted nothing more than cheap and clean accommodation, so we opted for a ‘bums on beds’ and ‘cheap and cheerful’ policy, which worked perfectly for that time.
Over the next three years we used the money we had made from this B&B venture to
renovate and improve the property and re-
When the toll road was completed, the business we had prepared ourselves for suddenly
ceased, almost completely. After six months of being pretty much empty, we decided
to take the next step and once again transform ourselves to suit the market we believed
was there for our taking. We divided the annexe section into ten bedrooms, all en-