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Public invited to name revamped bedrooms at historic Shropshire hotel
29 Apr 2016
by Rhea Alton

The owners of a historic Shropshire hotel have invested hundreds of pounds in upgrading four of its bedrooms and now the public are invited to have a go at naming them.
The family-run Best Western Valley Hotel is located in the heart of the Ironbridge World Heritage Site.
The property itself is steeped in history having once been the family home of famous Jackfield tile manufacturer Arthur Maw and genius Victorian inventor Thomas Parker.
Now owned by Lesley and Philip Casson, the hotel still displays examples of Arthur Maw’s highly acclaimed decorative tiles throughout the reception area and on the main staircase and a plaque in memory of Parker, whose inventions included electric street lighting and the first electric tram, was put up at the hotel just recently.
Over recent months the Georgian-listed hotel has undergone a number of improvements including a complete refurbishment of its multi-award winning Chez Maw restaurant.
Now four of the hotel’s bedrooms have been upgraded to luxury premium rooms.
Each one is uniquely decorated and has a fantastic view of the park and gardens
Joanne Boddison, general manager for the hotel, said: “We are extremely pleased with the newly revamped rooms. They offer guests a real touch of luxury especially if they have something special to celebrate such as a birthday or anniversary.
“Various aspects of the hotel are named after someone or something – the Chez Maw restaurant after Arthur Maw, the Severn Suite after the River Severn, Dixon Way after the builders who built it and so on.
“It’s become somewhat a bit of a tradition for Lesley and Philip to name bits of the hotel so they thought it would be a nice idea to invite members of the public to name our newly rated premier rooms.
“Those people who come up with the best names will be invited to erect a plaque on the door and enjoy a meal in the restaurant.
“It’s just a bit of fun really but we are very excited to see what interesting names people come up with.”
One of the rooms has already been named so people are being asked to submit name ideas for the remaining three.
All entries should be sent by post to Joanne Boddison at The Best Western Valley Hotel, Buildwas Road, Ironbridge , Telford, TF8 7DW. The closing date for entries is May 7.