by Lisa McGarry

The award-winning hotelier and food writer Ruth Watson returns to Channel 4 to tackle fledgling hotels and B&Bs across the UK in a brand new series Ruth Watson’s Hotel Rescue .

Ruth is using her expertise to transform the efforts of new hoteliers as they embark on setting up on their own.

Famed for her sharp eye and attention to detail when it comes to perfecting hotel experiences, Ruth is determined to open the eyes of the six couples who all feel that running a hotel or B&B will be a piece of cake.

Determined to shape the novices into professional hoteliers, Ruth visits and assesses each project and, in an effort to improve their plans, sends the proprietors to Hotel Bootcamp at some of the UK’s top hotels to learn how the best in the business have earned their reputation.

Tonight’s episode features Diana Graham and Steve Fernie from Suffolk, who want to transform their grade two listed family home into a bespoke bed and breakfast. For 15 years Creeting House, seven miles from Ipswich, has been home to them and their three children.

Now the children have left home and they are left with a big empty house. Their solution? Convert it into a guest house. It involves major life changes for Diana and Steve, who both had successful careers in the music industry. Steve plans to take a back seat on the new project but with no experience and their home packed to the rafters with generations of belongings, there’s no way Diana can transform their home into a hotel single handed.

They plan to turn their six bedrooms into five en suite rooms. But one obstacle to overcome first is the clearing out of all their clutter. Ruth advises on their layout and quickly discovers that their biggest challenge will be the laundry and housekeeping – and that there is no way Diana can do everything on her own.

To prove just how much hard labour will be involved in the housekeeping alone, Ruth sends the couple on a boot camp at the exclusive Baglioni hotel in London.

Ruth returns to visit the couple after three months hard graft to see how they’re getting on and advise them on how to create a homely, welcoming guest experience with their d├ęcor.

But when Steve admits he has no inbuilt desire to run a guest house and is worried about dealing with guests he doesn’t warm to, can Ruth help him change his ways to make the project a success?

Wednesday 30 September 2009