Floods force Surrey hotels to close

The Runnymede-on-Thames conference hotel has been forced to close for the second time this year, as the River Thames reaches record water levels.

Floods force Runnymede-on-Thames hotel to close again
Floods force Runnymede-on-Thames hotel to close again

The Runnymede-on-Thames conference hotel in Surrey is without electricity after the electricity board shut off power following further widespread flooding. The River Thames broke its bank on the morning of Friday (7 February) and the hotel will be closed until at least 17 February.

The hotel was due to host a gala dinner for 160 people on 11 February, but this has been re-located to a local hotel.

This is the second time this year the hotel has had to close due to flooding. Last month, flooding forced the Runnymede-on-Thames hotel to close for more than a week and a number of events had to be cancelled and re-located.

Meanwhile, Accor's Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge hotel in Dorking Surrey has announced that is will remain closed until September following severe flooding in December. A spokesperson from Accor said: "Following severe flooding in the local area over the Christmas period we were forced to close the [property]. 

"The hotel will remain closed until later this year, during which time the ground floor will be refurbished. It is expected to reopen in early September. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will be contacting all those with reservations booked during this period to ensure that deposits are refunded."

Fourteen severe flood warnings have been issued in the Thames area, through Berkshire and Surrey, from Datchet to Shepperton Green, including Ham Court and Chertsey. The Environment Agency said river levels are forecast to continue to rise.

Also, in the area, the Principal Hayley-owned Beaumont Estate in Old Windsor remains open for business as the hotel and its meeting facilities have been unaffected, although some of its grounds have been affected by flooding. 

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