A NORTHWICH businesswoman has become a leading hotelier – on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey.
Hazel Johnson-Ollier owns the nine-bedroom AA acclaimed Bishopsgate House Hotel and Restaurant in the idyllic medieval seaside town of Beaumaris.
Former Northwich Girls Grammar School pupil Hazel, who lives with her husband Dennis, trained in the hospitality industry at colleges in Manchester and London and previously worked in the casino industry including the upmarket Palm Beach Casino of Mayfair in London.
Following this she worked in the airline industry and later bought ‘The Letters Inn’ in Tattenhall.
Bishopsgate has had the AA rosette since 2002 (with a Welsh best of 85% score), and came joint second in the Best Hotel category in the recent Anglesey Tourism awards.
Hazel said: “We offer a 5* service for a 2* price tag and because of this we have an excellent repeat visit rate. Awards are one thing, but here the customer comes first.”
Hazel is also a classically trained chef and her husband is official caretaker – having retired from the construction industry.
Hazel’s perfectionist streak doesn’t stop with the service. The tastefully decorated rooms are all en suite and some have four-poster beds.
Hazel said: “Each room has an individual character – with modern amenities.”
Hazel – who jointly owns the Cambridge House Hotel in Southport – used to holiday in Anglesey with her parents when she was a child.
She says going back there to set up a business is a dream come true.
For more about Bishopsgate, see www.bishopsgatehotel.co.uk