The Valley hotel owners celebrate 25 year milestone at World Heritage Site
25th April 2013
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Phillip and Lesley Casson are preparing to mark their 25th anniversary at the Best Western Valley Hotel in Ironbridge and are looking for a lucky couple to help them celebrate the milestone anniversary.

They want to hear from brides and grooms who married at the hotel, which dates back to the 1750s, over the last 25 years.

The couple viewed The Valley after deciding they wanted to work together in business and spotted the “enormous potential” with a dream to convert the outbuildings into bedrooms and build a new function room linked to the main hotel by a glass roof.

Their aim was to develop the business into a prestigious 3-star hotel, focusing on providing a wedding venue with excellent food and service.

"As soon as we opened the front door we were blown away by the view, and fell in love with the building and our dream slowly became a reality. “We finally took over in July three days before our first baby arrived, and she was overdue! "Twenty-five years later, we still marvel at the outlook from the front door, and feel we have created a successful local business with a friendly working environment with the help of our team, some of whom have been here nearly as long as we have!"

Lesley said. “Many couples have chosen the hotel as the location for their perfect wedding or celebration over the years, including more than one generation. They appreciate the idyllic location and the excellent service we provide.” “We want to appeal for as many people as possible who have celebrated at the hotel, during the time we have been here, to send in a photograph and a short story about their special memories of that day. “The chosen couple will win a free meal for 25 people to relive one of thebest days of their lives.” She said:

“2013 is certainly a special year for us. Reaching our silver anniversary of owning the hotel is certainly a milestone achievement, however, we couldn’t have done it without our wonderful staff who are vital to the success of the hotel. We are both really proud of all of them.” “When we first saw the hotel in July 1988 we fell in love with it and decided we definitely wanted to buy it. “We had very ambitious plans for how we wanted to develop and improve the hotel to transform it into one of the best in the Midlands.

“We have carried out extensive work over the years to increase the number of bedrooms and have built a new reception area and function room. “We hope all this hard work will pay off and look forward to continuing the success of the hotel over many years to come.”

Couples who want to submit their photograph and story should email them to

For mor information on The Valley Hotel please follow this link.

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