Major refurbishment planned for early next year

A BARNSTAPLE hotel is in line for a £1 million upgrade early next year.

The Premier Inn in Whiddon Valley will be given a major overhaul during a three-week period starting on January 16.

The 40 original rooms are being completely stripped with new bedrooms and bathrooms, while the 30-room extension, built at the rear of the hotel in 2007, will be repainted and fitted with new furniture.

The re-development will incorporate energy saving technology and owners Whitbread hope to boost the hotel’s green credentials by using solar panels to generate its own electricity.

A planning application for the installation of 35 roof-mounted photovoltaic panels has been submitted to North Devon Council this week.

The Barnstaple hotel – one of around 600 Premier Inns in the UK and Ireland – is not the largest in the group but it is one of the busiest.

“We are in the company’s top 10 as far as occupancy is concerned,” said general manager Peter Elder.

“The hotel will still be open as normal as we will be refurbishing 20 rooms at a time during a rolling programme of work.

“This is great news for our customers, and for the team who look after the hotel on a daily basis,” added Mr Elder.