After six months of construction, the new 10-bedroom hotel accommodation at The Sun Inn, Coate Water, Swindon has opened for business, and landlord Andy Moss thinks it’s got the best hotel view in town.
“We’re right next to Coate Water Park and the new hotel rooms look right over the park entrance. It’s also away from the road so our guests should hear birdsong not car engines as they drop off to sleep.”
Swindon-based Edmont Joinery was the main contractor on site, and they have framed the spade that turned over the first sod which will be mounted on the side of the building. Edmont managing director Craig Morton said: “It’s been great to work on such a substantial local project which will provide a useful new amenity to the local community.”
Arkell’s Brewery, which owns the pub, has invested around £500,000 in the development. Brewery director, George Arkell, said: “There is a growing demand for good accommodation in this part of Swindon which is almost next door to the Great Western Hospital, the Richard Jefferies museum as well as Coate Water Country Park.”
Arkell’s Brewery now has around 500 bedrooms across its estate of 100 pubs and hotels across Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire and seriously considers adding rooms to its pubs where there is the space and potential demand.
George added: “The more income-generating opportunities a pub has the better. If we consider that good quality accommodation would be of benefit to a pub and would serve the local community then it’s sensible to make the investment. The Sun Inn is a busy and thriving pub on the edge of Swindon with plenty going on around it and a very strong local community. It also sits in a large plot with plenty of parking and a new children’s playground.
"It’s a perfect place for people and we’ve enjoyed watching the new building rise from the ground over the summer months. Perhaps we should call it The Rising Sun.”
Room rates at The Sun start from £60 per night, bed and breakfast including VAT.
For bookings and further details call 01793 523292 or see website http://www.suninn-swindon.co.uk
Pictured, from top:
Julie Moss, landlady at The Sun, Swindon Mayor Nick Martin and George Arkell, director at Arkell’s Brewery;
the new 10 bedroom hotel accommodation;
one of the bedooms;
Photos by Richard Wintle www.calyxpix.com