Former Rolls Royce guest house strikes gold

August 23 2018
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A sixteenth century manor house in Rudgeway has been awarded the 5 Star Guest Accommodation Gold Award by the AA, the only one in South Gloucestershire to gain the accolade.

The 9 acre Old Church Farm, a listed property and designated national monument, is named after the ruin of St Helen’s church that occupies part of its’ grounds.

The new owners, Christopher and Kate Trim bought the property this year from Rolls Royce who had used it since 1950 as a private hotel to entertain visiting dignitaries and buyers. 

The couple, who had previously owned and ran a Good Food Guide restaurant in Portsmouth.  Kate said: “Our philosophy is to use the best ingredients that we can. Our vegetable garden supplies us with an abundance of fruit and vegetables and what we don’t grow ourselves we source from the local farmers’ markets. Our customers, including the anonymous AA inspector, appreciate our high standards and we are extremely proud of our 5 stars as well as the awards for breakfast and dinners”.

The property was also shortlisted for the national Eviivo awards for Best Hidden Gem with the regional and overall winners announced in October.