A hotel in Hampshire, which was closed for refurbishment, opened its doors to provide food and beds for welcome motorists stranded by last night’s heavy snow fall. The 14-bedroom Langrish House hotel in the village of Langrish –  near Petersfield and two miles from the A3 – received the first call from a desperate traveller at 7.50pm.

“We were full within five minutes,” said owner Robina Talbot-Ponsonby, who runs the hotel (pictured below) with her husband Nigel, the founder and executive chairman of chartered surveyors HLL Humberts Leisure.  “It was hot coffee, baths and a roaring fire for everyone to try and warm them up.”

At 2am, a further eight desperate motorists arrived at the hotel and were provided with sandwiches and coffee before sleeping on mattresses in the drawing room. “It was all hands to the pump as there was only myself, my wife, two sons and the manager Dan Wilson here because the 20 hotel staff were all on holiday” said Nigel Talbot-Ponsonby. “We had absolutely no hesitation in helping people and we expect to be fully booked again tonight.”

By Janet Harmer,