A Hailsham hotelier is hosting a celebration lunch on August 1 to show the area’s leading dignitaries and business people the changes he has made at his newest venture.
Mr Sheikh-Abid Gulzar purchased the Boship Lions Farm Hotel at the start of this year and has since launched an investment programme to boost the 17-acre site.
He has invited members of East Sussex County Council, Wealden District Council, Hailsham Town Council and Hailsham Chamber of Commerce to see the work for themselves.
Mr Gulzar said: “I was very proud when I bought the Boship and I am even more proud now. So much work has already been done, and there is still more to do.
“The very first aspect we concentrated on was the welcome visitors receive and the first impression - so we have all new signage and then the entrance has been relaid.
“The rest of it, of course, is down to customer experience - and that means top class food, top class service and impressive bedrooms.”
Improvements include newly refurbished rooms, the dining room has been completely renovated and outbuildings and function rooms have been improved. The entrance to the hotel has been retarmaced, the tennis court resurfaced and the lake has a new jetty leading to an idyllic seating spot. There is also an outdoor swimming pool.
Mr Gulzar also owns three hotels in Eastbourne, along the town’s seafront, and says he has been delighted by the warm welcome he has received from the people of Hailsham.
He said: “I think Hailsham is a wonderful place, full of some great people, and I want to work closely with the local community.”