Leicestershire residents watching the latest episode of a Channel 4 show that pits B&B owners against each other in a sometimes not-so-friendly competition might well recognize a few familiar faces this week.
Lez Cope-Newman and her husband Derek Hunter, who run Holywell Guest House in Leicester Road, Loughborough, are taking part in Four In A Bed. Tonight’s episode, which aired at 5pm, showed the band’s first visit to contestant Sherbourne House in Norfolk.
The Leicestershire duo were billed as “hosts who love to perform”, showcasing their beautiful red-brick Victorian building with all its antiques. And it looks like the pair will be the harshest and most vocal review this week.
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Four in a Bed, which first aired in 2010, is a reality competition in which guesthouse owners visit each other’s properties, rate them before deciding who should win. Their decisions are based on best value and positive reviews.
Lez, who is also the chairman of Love Loughborough, a group that promotes the town, began by rolling out his lead roles in local theater productions and called the B&B the couple’s “biggest stage”. He said, “This is our stage, this is where we perform with white gloves. It’s all theatre.”
The original interior of their hotel was shown briefly before Derek pointed out what a harsh critic her husband can be. To which Lez said, “I don’t look for faults, they look for me.” Her husband replied, “No matter how long we spend cleaning a room. Lez will always find something.”
Speaking to LeicestershireLive, the couple said they had been asked to appear several times before. Lez said: “For the past 13 years we’ve been approached by Four in a Bed to do the show, but I never wanted to. It was in a format that didn’t suit us.
“But when they contacted us back in January last year, we knew we would win eventually, win or lose. The show has such a wide reach, so many people are watching it and will help remind people that Holywell House still exists.
“The pandemic has been tough on the industry and we certainly didn’t want anyone to put holes in our house – but it was a rewarding experience and I’m excited to watch the show.”
Tune in Friday at 5pm to see if Holywell Guest House wins.