Hoteliers Aidan and Sarah Stevens are to kick off a £1m refurbishment of the Stratton House hotel in Gloucestershire, after acquiring the property off a guide price of £2m last month.
The couple intend to "recapture the hotel's place at the heart of the community" following the purchase from the Oxfordshire-based St James's Hotel Group. They already own the 31-bedroom St Andrews Town hotel in Droitwich, Worcestershire, which they bought in 2012.
In the autumn, the refurbishment of the bedrooms will get underway, with the hotel's Oak Room bar, drawing room and restaurant set to be overhauled in spring 2017. There are also plans to add a new function room.
The Stevens want to grow the team at the 17th century venue, which was a private house until it become a hotel in 1947, to 40.
Aidan Stevens said: "The first phase of our overhaul programme is already starting and guests will see an immediate difference, including upgrading the hotel's free Wi-Fi which will be especially useful for business guests."
Sarah Stevens added: "The team here at Stratton House are hugely experienced and dedicated. They will be vital in our plans going forward and as we progress we will be taking on around 10 new members of staff and looking to recapture the hotel's place at the heart of the community in Cirencester."
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