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Von Essen splashes out afterfloods at Washbourne Court

10 January 2008 by

Last summer's floods were devastating for many hospitality operators in the West of England but for one hotel they had a positive outcome.

Washbourne Court - the only riverside hotel in the Cotswolds - was forced to close following the floods, but owner Von Essen used the opportunity to splash out £2m on an extensive refurbishment and it reopened in time for Christmas.

Nick Romano, operations director at Von Essen, said: "We were devastated when the hotel was damaged by these freak flash floods that occur only once every 200 years. However, every cloud has a silver lining and we've turned this misfortune into a positive opportunity."

Washbourne Court, in Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, was one of four Cotswold hotels that Von Essen bought from Lord and Lady Vaughan for £13m for in 2003. In last week's Caterer (page 7) we incorrectly reported that the purchase was "aborted" in a story on a long-running dispute between Von Essen and the Vaughans. We apologise for any confusion caused.

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