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Framingham’s iconic castle Sheraton hotel hitting auction block

The famed Framingham Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center is scheduled to be auctioned off in December.The MetroWest Daily News reported that the 376-room hotel that is visible from the Mass. Pike. is part of the Marriott brand of hotels and is listed on the JJ Manning Auctioneers website. The auction for the two-parcel area (1651 and 1657 Worcester Road/Rte. 9) will held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 15 at the hotel.Menus and other paper souvenirs from the archives of the Sheraton Framingham, which opened in 1972 and was originally known as the Sheraton Tara.Jim Giammarinaro, president of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, called the development “very sad news.””The Sheraton has been a significant part of our community,” he said. “So many of our members have had large events at the hotel. Many of our non-profits have held their fundraisers in their beautiful ballrooms. It has also housed a number of conventions and tradeshows. Our chamber has had many events there throughout the years. Their staff has been so great to work with. Our entire chamber community will feel this loss.”Giammarinaro is hopeful that whoever purchases the iconic building will utilize the facility in a similar manner. The Sheraton’s ballrooms can hold up to 600 people.”There is not another indoor facility within MetroWest with that capacity to service our businesses and non-profits for their larger events,” he said. “The effects of COVID continue to challenge our hospitality and retail businesses.”Justin Manning, president of JJ Manning Auctioneers, expects there will be significant interest in the property at next month’s auction.”We have received numerous calls from heavy hitters in the hospitality industry,” said Manning. “This is an iconic and well-located hotel property which is familiar to so many people in the region.”The auction firm is conducting a national advertising campaign for the site. The targeted buying group is hotel owners, operators and managers of properties with more than 300 rooms.”This property has had major improvements done to it over the last decade,” said Manning. “This will be a post-COVID winner for someone no doubt.”History of the Sheraton castleBuilt in 1972, the hotel is one of four remaining designed to look like a castle with the others in Braintree, New Hampshire and New Jersey under the name Sheraton Tara Hotel. Over time, with different owners, the medieval theme faded away.The Sheraton company was started in Springfield by Ernest Henderson and Robert Moore in 1937, according to the company’s websiteThe hotel was bought by Waterton, a U.S. real estate investment and management company, in 2011. In Massachusetts, Waterton also owns or operates the Courtyard Boston Marlborough, Doubletree Westborough, the Sheraton Needham and Rosemont Square in Randolph, a residential property.In 2013, the company renovated the lobby, grand ballroom and fitness center. Much of the distinct architecture, such a brick archways, remains a part of the interior of the building.Another renovation was completed in 2018.Sheraton building and auction detailsThe City of Framingham values the 58-year-old building at about $33.15 million and the auctioneer’s website says a 5% …

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New Castle County wants to buy Sheraton hotel, convert it to emergency homeless shelter

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Punches were thrown before a meeting with officials and residents and their advocates at the Park View senior high-rise in Wilmington, forcing its cancellation. Residents wanted to air grievances over conditions at the WHA property.

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At a Tuesday night meeting, New Castle County Council plans to discuss and vote on a plan to purchase the Sheraton hotel on Airport Road and convert it into an emergency homeless shelter, according to the meeting’s agenda.

The Sheraton Wilmington South, located just off Exit 5A on I-95, is up for auction beginning Monday, according to a web listing. Bidding starts at $5.5 million. The auction ends Wednesday. 

The county wants to use funding from the more than $190 million it has in “reserve allocation” it has from the more than $322 million it received in CARES Act funding during the coronavirus pandemic.

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New Castle County wants to purchase the Sheraton Wilmington South Hotel and use it as an emergency shelter. (Photo: Daniel Sato, The News Journal)

The county plans to purchase the hotel and operate it as “emergency shelter and temporary housing for our most vulnerable residents, and others as deemed necessary by the Department of Community Services, during and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The hotel, which just underwent a $6.4 million renovation, has 192 rooms and the property is more than six acres.

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A review of The Manor House hotel in Castle Combe in the Cotswolds

Everywhere I look, I interrupt a wedding planning meeting.

I’ve lost my partner and three-year-old daughter in The Manor House hotel in Wiltshire shortly after arriving and in every room and corridor on the ground floor I search I discover a beaming couple having a nuptials pow-wow with hotel staff.

I can’t blame them. For as hotels go, there are few venues anywhere in the land as beautifully elegant and romantic as this ivy-clad 14th-century Cotswold manor house, with its walled garden and quaint mews cottages.

The Manor House hotel in Wiltshire sits in manicured grounds by the Bybrook River, in the foreground in this image

The Manor House hotel in Wiltshire sits in manicured grounds by the Bybrook River, in the foreground in this image

The ground floor of The Manor House hotel is gorgeously rustic - full of boutique finery. Pictured is the beautiful Front Hall

The ground floor of The Manor House hotel is gorgeously rustic – full of boutique finery. Pictured is the beautiful Front Hall

(Though I have reservations about the slightly grubby flagpole at the front.)

And to complete the picture, it sits by a babbling river, the Bybrook, in one of the most picture-perfect, chocolate box villages in Britain – Castle Combe. 

Wedding photo heaven – and irresistible bait for Instagrammers.

Cars must drive very carefully through Castle Combe because visitors are prone to wandering its main thoroughfare in a daze, bewitched by the 15th-century stone cottages, Grade I listed 13th-century church and stone-canopied market cross and often stepping into the road without looking, smartphones and cameras held aloft.

Castle Combe is one of the prettiest villages in the land. The hotel sits just to the left of the road pictured here

Castle Combe is one of the prettiest villages in the land. The hotel sits just to the left of the road pictured here

Scenes for War Horse, Stardust, The Wolfman, Dick Turpin and 1967's Dr Dolittle were filmed in Castle Combe

Scenes for War Horse, Stardust, The Wolfman, Dick Turpin and 1967’s Dr Dolittle were filmed in Castle Combe

Hollywood film directors are keen on the aesthetics, too, including Steven Spielberg, who shot scenes for War Horse there.

The village was also used for Stardust, The Wolfman, Dick Turpin and 1967’s Dr Dolittle – and TV shows Poirot and Robin of Sherwood.

Castle Combe is truly a world within a world.

And so is the hotel.

I’m thoroughly enjoying searching for my family in the property’s snug rooms, with their dark-wood panelling and boutique finery.

In the end, I’m told they have ascended to our room, ‘Home Meadow’.

However, it’s not one of the hotel’s most romantic, bucolic chambers (pictured below).

Here the cosy antique Laura Ashely vibe recedes and we get a less lavish hint of DFS in the mix.

No complaints about the size – it’s big enough to host a lordly banquet (and to play hide and seek with a three-year-old) and we have two king-sized beds. Plus, the bathroom is impressive, with a standalone tub next to a TV mounted in the wall, a stunning rain shower cubicle with mosaic tiling and twin sinks beneath a slanting roof.

The sturdy wooden beams and the TV hidden in the main room mirror get a thumbs up, too.

These mews cottages are owned by The Manor House and contain some of the hotel's snuggest rooms

These mews cottages are owned by The Manor House and contain some of the hotel’s snuggest rooms

However, some of the panelling and furniture, the wardrobe for instance, is a tad ‘conference hotel’.

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