Shropshire B&B wins TV accolade

A Shropshire bed and breakfast has been crowned the winner of the latest contest on Channel Four daytime show Four in a Bed.

Lorraine and Gino Trasatti outside their B&B after being crowned winners of the Four in a Bed television show
Lorraine and Gino Trasatti outside their B&B after being crowned winners of the Four in a Bed television show

Windmill Cottage Guesthouse, Weston-under-Redcastle, near Wem, beat off competition from guesthouses in Wales, Devon and Cornwall to emerge as winners.

The show saw owners Gino and Lorraine Trasatti visit rival guesthouses and decide how much they would pay for each stay, then welcome fellow guesthouse owners to their own business. Each couple marked each venue on service, cleanliness and the quality of breakfast.

The show aired throughout last week and Mr and Mrs Trasatti were named as the winners during the finale show on Friday.

But they did not escape criticism during their stint on the show. Some customers called the Shropshire B&B ‘small’ and criticised the limited choice at breakfast.

One competitor found a bit of dust on a door hinge and complained that the bed sheets were not cotton. She paid £65 for a £70 room and said it was because she had stayed in places ‘for less money that had cotton sheets’.

One room that cost £75 a night was paid in full while the other room collected £68, a £7 underpayment.

Lorraine and Gino received 95 per cent of their total bill, while their nearest competitor collected 83 per cent of its total bill.Mrs Trasatti said they had been inundated with messages of congratulations over the weekend. She said: “It was lots of fun and we enjoyed meeting the people.

“It has been lovely to show the guest house and it was voted by our other contestants so that makes it even better.

She added the couple had also received some negative e-mails and disparaging comments on the internet following the show, but added they had not regretted taking part.

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