EXCLUSIVE: Oxford hoteliers invest in boutique transformation with the threat of new chain hotels on the horizon

A husband-and-wife hotelier team has unveiled the results of a recent refurbishment at their boutique hotel in Abingdon Oxfordshire, and set wheels in motion for phase two of the transformation project.

Jeevan and Sunny Gill, who have owned Steventon House Hotel since 2008, have invested £500k into giving the property’s bedrooms and public areas a makeover, as well as introducing a new terrace bar extension.

Fibre optic broadband was also installed.

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The project, which took 12 months to complete and was spearheaded entirely by husband Sunny, marked phase one of an ongoing development project at Steventon House Hotel.

Phase two will see the creation of 26 new bedrooms and the hotel’s restaurant expanded, as planning permission was approved at the same time as the bar extension.

Suppliers included Panaz, Muraspec, with beds from Hypnos, lighting form RV Astley and bathroom fixtures from Just Taps.

Jeevan Gill told Boutique Hotelier: “This is our second refurbishment to date, with aim of elevating this property into a different market. We felt that the transformation was required to maintain our competitive edge in an area where although accommodation is highly in demand, new chain hotels are on the horizon.

“Both times we have remained operational during the work and the project has been managed by my husband. It’s a fairly tricky task firstly as we as the property dates back to the 1860’s and we had to be careful to maintain the historical charm of the house.”

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