A retired couple who spent six years travelling the country in a bid to stay in every single hotel in the Old English Inns group, have now completed their mission.
Roger Chandler and Barbara Eglinton dedicated their spare time to visiting all 60 hotels within the Old English Inns portfolio, which is owned by Greene King, stopping off at their favourites more than once.
The couple completed their challenge in May, ending their venture at the recently renovated Bull in Halstead where they were greeted by business unit director for Old English Inns, Peter Hebblethwaite.
In total, the retired pair has stayed with Old English Inns on 84 different occasions and count the Royal in Ross-on-Wye as their top choice. The couple also favour the Antelope in Poole, Rothley Court in Leicester and Ryde Castle in their home county, the Isle of Wight.
To celebrate, Hebblethwaite presented Roger and Barbara with a lifetime gold card, giving them a permanent 50% off room rates and upgrades to superior suites. They were also given a set of luxury luggage and a Greene King luxury hamper.
Barbara commented: “We love travelling around the country and after initially staying in a few other hotel chains we stumbled across Old English Inns. We just could not believe what we got there, and for such great value. They are all such different and fascinating historic buildings, we absolutely love them.
“We often visit National Trust properties on our travels, so for us it has been such a pleasure to delve into the past with a stay with Old English Inns at the same time. It really has been a worthwhile adventure and we cannot wait to go back to re-visit some of our favourites.”
Old English Inns is owned by pub retailer and brewer, Greene King. Alongside the 60 hotels there are also 54 pubs, several also with rooms that Roger and Barbara have also stayed in.