Stow's hotels and pubs enjoy mini-boom
TOURISM is undergoing a major facelift at Stow-on- the-Wold.
Investment is being poured into three landmark hotels and pubs in Park Street.
And the changes could help put the town firmly back on holidaymakers' maps.
Leading the way is The Bell Inn, which has re-opened after a stylish renovation by Sue Hawkins and her niece Rachel.
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The Grapevine, bought by Elaine and Martyn Booth, is set to relaunch its fine dining restaurant after the Cheltenham Festival.
And Brakspear pub company will start refurbishing the Royalist Hotel and adjoining Eagle and Child in April.
Dubbing the trend a "mini boom", Peter Brunt from Colliers International, said: "We sold all three properties last summer and it's great to see the new owners are pushing on with refurbishment programmes aimed at bringing these favourite locations back into the mainstream Cotswolds scene.
"Sue's success also bears out my belief that Stow remains a prime Cotswolds destination and a highly desirable place in which to buy."
Sue Hawkins said she was delighted with the £200,000 refurbishment complete at The Bell.
She said: "We're billing it as a Dining Pub with Rooms.
"The place is unrecognisable now after our refurbishment, plenty of caramel leather, modern tartans, velvets and deep colours. There are five en-suite letting bedrooms and we offer private dining for up to 20 people.
"I am pleased to report that trade is brisk. We've seen a good crowd of locals come in to check out the changes and are hoping the Bell will prove as popular with visitors."
Elaine Booth said: "With all of us investing in these great properties one has got real confidence this is a real renaissance in Stow.
"We took over in July, did immediate work and shut for six weeks in January to create a new reception, bar and lounge.
"We're moving our chef Paul Nicholson from Dial House, at Bourton-on-the-Water, and his team to open a new fine dining restaurant on March 21."
Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies said: "The Royalist has enormous potential thanks to its outstanding location and rich heritage. "We're looking forward to making it a first choice drinking, dining and overnight destination."