Since we reopened after a well-earned break it has been all systems go. With our new look restaurant looking so good and the arrival of our new chef, Paolo, creating amazing dishes it’s looking like another busy year ahead.

Chester House may have been having a rest during January but behind the scenes Andrew the decorator was hard at it making the bedrooms and restaurant look fresh while Bernie and her team of housekeepers brought it all together with their usual magic touch, adding foliage, pictures, soft furnishings and lighting to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

The bar has been stocked with locally sourced craft drinks including ales from Hook Norton, lagers from The Cotswold Brew Company here in Bourton-on-the-Water and gin from Cotswold Distillery in Shipston plus local cider and juices.

Outside the hotel, the garden and window boxes are full of beautiful spring flowers – hyacinths, daffodils and primroses – all a sign that warmer days are to come and longer days to enjoy.

With the arrival of spring lambs and ducklings we also welcome Paolo’s new baby! Congratulations and much love to you and your wife.