Billesley Manor has unveiled the result of its £5.6m refurbishment which was aimed to “modernise and refresh” the 16th Century Manor.
Located three miles from Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon has been temporarily closed since March in line with government directives around coronavirus and has used the opportunity to ‘push ahead with its extensive refurbishment programme” which has seen 71 rooms updated with new four poster beds and period fireplaces..
The transformation also includes upgrades to several of the hotel’s public spaces including the reception area, the Great Hall and its gallery, and the Stuart Restaurant.
It has also updated its library, which has been renamed the ‘As You Like It Lounge’, and now features a ceiling of ‘floating books’; a nod to Shakespeare who is believed to have written the famous comedy there.
Throughout the refurbishment, the hotel’s famed floor-to-ceiling oak wood panelling has been “enhanced” and plush velvet furniture has been added.
Stephen Fearnley, GM at Billesley Manor, said: “The unprecedented closure of the hotel has of course been both challenging and disappointing – especially for our guests. However, we’ve remained positive by channelling our energy into our refurbishment programme, using this period as a time for transformation and improvement so that guests will have an even more enjoyable experience when we reopen.
“It’s been incredibly exciting to see the renovations unfold, and we’re delighted with the results. We look forward to welcoming guests and giving them the chance to experience the new and improved Billesley Manor firsthand.”