Whatley Manor in the Cotswolds is to focus its attention on tackling ‘essential building, maintenance and improvement projects’ throughout the hotel during its enforced government closure.
Sue Williams, general manager at the 23-bedroom five-star hotel, said that they have now ‘scheduled numerous repairs’, including the installation of new energy-efficient boilers, and will focus on several additional carbon-reducing measures.
The hotel will also refresh its private dining rooms to prepare to integrate them with the main restaurant when demand for chef Niall Keating’s menus is ‘strongest’. The prep kitchen will also be fully refurbished, as well as bedroom corridors and guest cloakrooms updated.
In the spa, the dual treatment room will be revitalised, and the hotel will prepare another of its treatment rooms in readiness to receive its new IsoPod Float Tank.
Williams says: “These significant financial investments are vital measures to that Whatley appeals and performs at its very best!
“Just as so many UK hoteliers have experienced, Whatley Manor’s business dwindled due to the additional government-directed Tier restrictions that came into place over the past couple of weeks. This meant that it was just not viable to welcome guests for the usual New Year’s celebrations, even muted ones. Our plan now is to remain closed, having said goodbye to our last guests on 28 December, until 4 February 2021 (pending any further government guidance).”
Finally, in early spring 2021, Whatley will be undergoing its Earthcheck external audit.