The gradual refurbishment at Whatley Manor Hotel continues, albeit slowly. It’s a tricky dilemma for a successful hotel. Naturally you want the rooms to look their best, but then the lost revenue and disruption have to be considered. Is it better to close entirely, and get all the work done at once, or to just take a few rooms out of circulation at a time? As the hotel’s public spaces were in good shape, and needed no alteration, the piecemeal approach to the rooms seemed wisest. So, happily for me, I get the call every few months to nip down the M4, to record the latest developments.