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Warwickshire hotel awarded COVID-safe status following refurb

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, a Warwickshire hotel has achieved COVID-secure status having successfully completed a number of assessments confirming it has the necessary measures in place to keep guests safe.

Billesley Manor Hotel and Spa in Stratford-Upon-Avon has received accreditation from 4 leading bodies including the AA, which has presented the hotel with its ‘Covid-19 Confident Award’, and the CSC, which has recognised the hotel as ‘A Safe Place to Work and Visit’.

Furthermore, the hotel has been awarded TrustYou’s ‘Trusted Cleanliness Award’ and VisitBritain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ tick, which is designed to help and encourage consumers to explore the country with confidence.

Confirming that the establishment has the necessary risk assessment, safety measures and staff training in place to operate safely and in line with the UK's government and public health guidelines, the hotel hopes guests will be reassured that they are in safe hands when visiting the premises, which have recently reopened following an extensive £5.6m lockdown refurbishment.

Protocols currently being implemented by the hotel include regular cleaning and staff training, clear signage and a one-way system throughout the hotel, hand sanitising stations, social distancing arrangements in public spaces, and the use of face coverings.

Stephen Fearnley, General Manager at Billesley Manor, said, “With consumer confidence at an all-time low and the hospitality industry still suffering the impact of COVID-19, we know just how important these accreditations are and so we’re delighted to have achieved them.

'We’re excited to welcome guests again and for everyone to have the chance to enjoy the results of our refurbishment, but of course they must feel safe to do so. We hope that these awards will let people know that we are open, we are COVID-secure, and that we are taking the situation seriously so that they feel welcome and able to visit.”

Billesley Manor is a luxury manor house in the heart of Shakespearean England. Located just three miles from Stratford-upon-Avon, the 16th century hotel is nestled in 11 acres of rural countryside and features an 11th century church within its grounds, as well as an ornate Victorian-era topiary garden.

The hotel has recently reopened its doors following a £5.6m lockdown refurbishment, which has included upgrades to several of the hotel's public spaces including the reception area, the Great Hall and its gallery, the Stuart Restaurant, and a majority of the hotel's 71 bedrooms.