Dynamic hoteliers Olga and Alex Polizzi have launched The Polizzi Collection, following the acquisition of their newest property in Sussex.
Late last year, it was revealed that Olga, the renowned interior designer, hotelier and director of design for Rocco Forte Hotels and daughter, Alex, the presenter of Channel 5’s, The Hotel Inspector, had taken over the 15th century, Grade-II listed Star Inn in Alfriston in their ‘first official joint venture’.
Now speaking exclusively to BH, Olga and Alex confirmed that after an extensive restoration, The Star will reopen in the summer and join other Polizzi-owned properties, Hotel Endsleigh and Hotel Tresanton as part of The new Polizzi Collection.
“Now we have three hotels, we thought we would call them The Polizzi Collection, and we are in the process of updating the pages for each hotel, under one new website, www.thepolizzicollection.com, where you can find all three,” explains Olga.
The Star Inn is now undergoing an intensive renovation and will reopen later this year as a 30-bedroom hotel and restaurant.
The duo also admitted they had been on the hunt for a new venture ‘for ages’ and explored opportunities in the south west region, such as Falmouth and Salcombe to geographically fit with the locations of Hotel Endsleigh (near Dartmoor) and Hotel Tresanton (in Cornwall).
“We were looking all round that area,” says Alex, “because then we could have a nice little group. But the ones by the sea are very expensive.”
Olga and her husband William live 10 minutes away from The Star Inn so know the area well.
Alex adds: “The Star was a size we were comfortable with – some of the other hotels we were looking at were either much bigger or much smaller and we want to be able to end up with 30 rooms. So for those reasons, and it was relatively cheap – compared to a big chunk of building on the south coast, with lovely views, but one of the reasons we didn’t pursue that is because of the upkeep of it, and the other thing with the south west is that it is incredibly seasonal. It does really well in the summer and does a lot less well in the winter.”
Alex and Olga also stressed that sustainability will be a major focus for The Star and a food menu that is on offer throughout the day to keep up with the change in customer demand.
“I don’t want it to just be a pub,” says Alex, “but I do want a bit of comfort food. I’ve got a list of things I want on the menu. In the summer I am always complaining that you can’t get a good salad anywhere…”
Hotel Tresanton opened in 1998 and comprises 30 bedrooms, with Hotel Endsleigh following in August 2005, home to 19 bedrooms.