£100,000 boost sees Worcester boutique cater for corporates


An old derelict swimming pool has been filled in and transformed into a new outdoor space after a £100,000 investment from the owners at a country house hotel in Worcester.

The pool, which had been empty for the last two years at the four-star Hogarths Stone Manor Hotel & Restaurant in Stone, has been filled over and renamed The Pump Rooms.

The new space is already proving popular for team-building activities, weddings and corporate BBQs, with 40 wedding bookings already confirmed at Stone Manor for next year and 10 of those using the outdoor space exclusively.

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The Hogarths Stone Manor and Hogarths Hotel & Restaurant in Solihull was taken over in February by co-owners Helena and Andy Hogarth, who decided that the disused space could be put to better use.

Speaking to Worcester News, Robert Elliot, sales manager at Hogarths Stone Manor and Hogarths Hotel & Restaurant in Solihull said: "The Pump Rooms has transformed a previously un-used area of space. The swimming pool had not been used and was filled with rain water and leaves.

“Our figures are showing we are expecting a huge growth in companies booking team-building activities and bookings for leisure guests. We are planning to make more outdoor leisure activities available to our guests so they can enjoy the outdoor space Hogarths Stone Manor is so lucky to have.”