hotel shuts in Brent Knoll as rising costs take their toll
popular Brent Knoll hotel has closed down, becoming the second in
the area to close in recent weeks.
Country House Hotel, pictured, has shut with its owners blaming
the rising costs of running the business.
Sarah McClean told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "After successfully
running Woodlands Country House Hotel for five years we decided
to close the business."
was due to a combination of many factors including increasing costs,
increasing internet commissions on bookings, increased staff costs,
increased business rates, downward pressure on room rates from large
hotel chains, and a desire to pursue other business ventures."
closure comes just weeks after we reported
here that Battleborough Grange Hotel - which is also located
in Brent Knoll - had closed while a new owner is sought to take
Knoll councillor Bob Filmer told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It is
a great shame to see these two hotels closing."
think part of the problem is that country hotels struggle to compete
against the likes of Premier Inn and Travelodge - it is a difficult
market to be in. I hope the Battleborough Grange will re-open soon
and bounce back."
Jefferies, manager at Burnham's tourist information centre, added:
"It is very disappointing to see these independent accommodation
providers closing. We do often struggle to find available rooms
for visitors to the area at peak times, so there is a need for them,
and we always try to point trade their way."