Mother and daughter duo embark on Wareham hotel renovation project

George Sell By George Sell
06 September 2018 | Updated 06 September 2018

United Kingdom: A mother and daughter duo who have acquired a Grade-II listed hotel which appeared in a television series are implementing a substantial renovation plan to transform the business.

The Black Bear, on Wareham High Street in Dorset, which appeared on Channel Four's "The Hotel Inspector with Alex Polizzi", was recently bought by experienced hospitality operators, Janet and Emily Strange, for a guide price of £750,000.

The hotel will undergo a three-phase refurbishment and once completed, it will be transformed into a boutique B&B complete with a bistro, Love Cake at the Bear.

Polizzi visited the hotel two years ago when a revival of the business failed and it was forced to close its doors. 

The pair also have a successful Swanage café in their portfolio and they are aiming to revamp the food offering at their new site as well as lease a two-bedroom cottage.

Janet said: "We have so much to do, but we're hoping to use the enormous kitchens to provide a classic food offering including deli shop and takeaway cake, fine local catering and an artisan bakery. 

"There is also a two-bedroom cottage which we are hoping to open up for lettings. We're aiming to re-launch the downstairs element in time for Christmas and are confident we will create a fantastic local business." 

Ed Jefferson from Colliers International's Hotel's team said: "Before it was placed on the market, the Black Bear was clearly under-performing, and this became apparent during the filming of the Hotel Inspectors.

"But Janet and Emily have launched a complete refurbishment programme which will transform the business offering and provide a massive boost for locals and visitors alike. I am confident the Black Bear has a bright future with Janet and Emily at the helm." 

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