A guest house is to be transformed into a 'refined boutique hotel'.

Burford Lodge Hotel, a nine-room guest house near the historic West Oxfordshire town, has been bought by local businessman Rob Grant-Smith who already owns the 300-year-old Broadlands Hotel in Bourton-on-the-Water.

His plans for the property include adding an "intimate speakeasy bar complete with baby grand piano" and the creation of "an upscale Italian bistro".

Mr Grant-Smith said: “When I saw the opportunity to take a lease on the Burford Lodge Hotel, I knew it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

"As we expand our presence in this vibrant area, we are fully aware of the tremendous potential of this renowned tourist village.

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“By providing an alternative option, we aim to assist guests who may be unable to secure a reservation at Broadlands Hotel, ensuring that they can experience the same exceptional standards at our new establishment.”

Peter Brunt, director of Hotels Agency at commercial property specialists Colliers which brokered the deal, added: “Colliers continues to witness significant interest in sought-after vacation spots like the Cotswolds, and the leasing of Burford Lodge Hotel stands as further proof of the growing demand for high-quality hotel properties in picturesque tourist areas.

“We are delighted that another local operator has taken on the business and look forward to seeing his businesses continued growth and success.”