Owners of The Stamford guest house in Southport have thanked people for their support after their starring roles on Channel 4 TV series Four in Bed last week.
Sarah and Ricky Blaney also congratulated Carl Insley and Sharon O Love after the Driftwood Luxury Lodges glamping site in Derbyshire won Friday night's contest at the end of a great week which showcased four excellent venues.
The Stamford was praised for its stylish rooms, cleanliness, its proximity to the town centre and amenities like the beach.
Many also loved their idea of an automated self check-in, and that they didn’t cook breakfast on site, instead directing guests to any one of a number of great restaurants and cafes they have on their doorstep.
A great way of supporting neighbouring local businesses, they took the other contestants to The Firepit restaurant on West Street, Bistrot Pierre on Lord Street and Southport Footgolf, which all featured in the show.
Carl and Sharon from Driftwood Luxury Lodges scored The Stamford top marks, paying the full 100% on their bill. The Grantham Arms and The Fauconberg Arms, which finished second equal, both knocked money off their bills.
The self service check-in at The Stamford wasn’t for everyone, with both contestants from across the Pennines showing true Yorkshire thrift by knocking money off for the hosts not being on-site 24/7 and for not cooking breakfast themselves - despite Ricky and Sarah taking their guests for a delicious breakfast at the Bistrot Pierre restaurant just two minutes’ walk away from The Stamford.
Sarah Blaney said: “We have loads of really nice emails and direct messages this week, and lots of positive comments from people on social media, and we would like to thank them for their support.
“They include messages from other guest houses in Southport, from Anthony at Southport Hotels Association, from Barbara at the Captain’s Quarters guest house, and others. They have been amazing people.
“We have had lots of messages, and bookings, from people saying that they love the look of The Stamford and really like our idea of having a self automated system allowing guests an easy, modern and relaxed way of checking in.”