One of the Cotswolds’ 'smartest' hotels is looking for more than 300 new team members as it prepares to open its door this September.

Heythrop Park in Enstone, which was bought by adult-only hotel group Warner Leisure Hotels in 2018, has undergone a £40million refurbishment.

Some 337 bedrooms "offering opulence mixed with modern amenities" have been created, plus chic lounges, bars and outdoor terraces, and a ballroom theatre.

Three restaurants will offer live music and fine dining.

The hotel’s spa with indoor pool will have a new thermal and sensory suite and Warner will keep the existing 18-hole Bainbridge Championship Course.

Grade II-listed Heythrop Park was built in the 1700s by Charles Talbot and in 1922 was bought by the English Jesuits.

In 1969, they moved their seminary to London (still called Heythrop College) and sold Heythrop Park to NatWest Bank for use as a training college and conference centre.

In 2000, it was bought by Firoka Ltd, a company owned by Firoz Kassam and family – owner of the Kassam Football Stadium in Oxford - for £15million.

The site underwent a £50 million rebuilding programme and was developed into a four-star Crowne Plaza hotel, with spa, 18-hole championship golf course and landscape gardens.

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Guests at the hotel enjoying a stroll in the gardens were often surprised by the sight of camels and dromedaries at pasture.

Amazing Animals, which supplies all kinds of creatures to the media and events industries, is a neighbour. They have provided donkeys for one of Sting's children's birthday parties and zebras and giraffes for a Sir Elton John extravaganza.

Warner said alongside competitive pay and guaranteed hours, team members can also enjoy free use of its spa and leisure facilities, 60 per cent discount off the lunch menu, and a 20 per cent discount on staycations at its 15 country and costal properties, alongside breaks at Butlins and Haven holiday parks.

In addition to skills in hospitality and leisure, Warner will offer funded qualification opportunities, ranging from Level 2 to Masters Degrees plus access to the Employee Assistance Programme, offering wellbeing support alongside financial and legal advice.

Stacy Schapira, people director at Heythrop Park, said: “It’s an exciting time to join Heythrop Park as we launch this September.

"You’ll not only play a pivotal role in the hotel’s success as we showcase our biggest and boldest hotel yet, but will have the opportunity to build a successful career shaped around your goals and ambitions.

“With positions available ranging from kitchen porter to leisure and spa team member, as well as perks beyond the ordinary, I’d encourage those who are passionate about making their mark in the hospitality industry to get in touch to discuss kick-starting their career with us.”

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