The family who run the The Pear Tree at Purton have announced that it has closed permanently after 30 years as a country house hotel. \r\n\r\nAnne Young, managing director, made the announcement today after deciding to retire \u2013 and her daughter and hotel manager Alix Young will be moving with her family to begin a new life in the north of England this month. \r\n\r\nThe hotel, which won numerous accolades over the years and was featured in the Good Hotel Guide for 14 years, has closed with immediate effect and is in the process of being sold. \r\n\r\nYoung said: \u201cI have given 30 years of my life to this business and while I look forward to retirement I will miss the hotel, staff and my friends in the community very much. \r\n\r\n\u201cOverheads have continued to rise, especially utilities, repairs and food. Last year we moved from a seven day to a five and a half day operation but we still have struggled as a business to balance the books. \r\n\r\n\u201cWe made every effort to continue as a going concern but this just wasn\u2019t possible. We wanted to do what was fairest for our staff and customers.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe hotel said staff were told about the closure, all relevant redundancy payments will be honoured, and the hotel should re-open as a different business in due course.