Yarmouth B&B to feature on national TV
Anthony CarrollIt could be a nightmare scenario for most bed and breakfast owners.Anthony Carroll
It could be a nightmare scenario for most bed and breakfast owners.
But for the owner of one popular Great Yarmouth B&B, the chance to let rivals explore every nook and cranny of her establishment in front of television cameras was not to be missed.
Beverley Shearing, who runs Baron's Court with her husband Edward, will be seen on Channel Four's latest hit programme on Wednesday night - Three in a Bed.
Mrs Shearing and her sister Deborah Thompson can be seen scrutinising B&Bs in Rye, East Sussex and Scotland and judging their cleanliness, home cooked meals and nearby attractions.
And in return, the other owners got the chance to stay at the one of Baron's Court spacious guest rooms to see if they are value for money.
In scenes reminiscent of Channel Four's Come Dine with Me, the owners then get to vote on their rival establishment's qualities by deciding how much to pay them for staying in the rooms.
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On Wednesday, Mrs Shearing and her sister can be seen examining a literary themed B&B in Rye in which some rather adult pictures are on display.
The Yarmouth sisters then had a ghoulish experience as they stayed in Lunan Lodge, which is reportedly haunted by Scottish ghosts.
Although Mrs Shearing, who is 50 and has run Baron's Court for six years, would not reveal what her competitors said of her B&B, a Channel Four press release describes some of the scenes as rivals Richard Martin and Jenny Hadfield from Jeake's House in Rye and Jules May and Samantha Unwin from Lunan Lodge ran their eyes over the Norfolk Square building during October's filming.
The press release said: 'At first glance neither couple are impressed but all are pleasantly surprised by the rooms on arrival - even if Richard hates net curtains and Samantha gleefully finds a cob web.
'It's down to a trip to the local pier to turn these tough visitors around.'
Mrs Shearing, who prides herself on being fully booked for most of the season and her cooking and level of cleanliness, said: 'I went on Three in a Bed as I wanted to show that Yarmouth B&Bs are the place to stay and are not shoddy.'
The Three in the Bed programme featuring Baron's Court will be shown on Channel Four at 8pm on Wednesday.