General Manager – Marian Jurko
Marian has worked in hospitality since the age of 19, beginning first as a Utility Cleaner on Celebrity Cruises before making his way to the UK and taking up a position at Cotswolds Inns as a Bar Supervisor. Having reached the rank of F&B Manager he ultimately moved to Stonehouse Court in 2012, and immediately fell in love with the place.
Showing excellent leadership and commitment Marian was promoted to Hotel Manager in June 2016 and General Manager in January 2017.
Head Chef – Graham Hilton
Beginning at the age of 16 while studying cookery at Cheltenham College, Graham worked initially under the tutelage of Sean Nean before spending 2 years at Stonehouse Court in the role of Chef De Partie. Having left in 2006, he worked at a range of properties across the South West, ultimately moving to Gloucester and took up the position of Sous Chef at the Washbourne Court Hotel in 2010. He then returned to Stonehouse Court in 2014, where he has remained ever since.
Sales & Revenue Manager – Frederick Metcalfe
Starting out as a Kitchen Porter at the tender age of 15, Fred gained a passion for hospitality while travelling and living in Australia, working in Perth as a Restaurant Floor Supervisor before returning to the UK to complete a Hospitality Management degree. During this time he worked in a range of roles, including assistant F&B Manager and Bars Manager, before graduating to the position of Events Manager at Stonehouse Court, then Sales & Revenue Manager in 2015.
Food & Beverage Manager – Dominic Weager
Beginning his career at Stonehouse Court, Dominic occupied the role of F&B assistant for over a year, before being promoted to the role of Restaurant Supervisor, Restaurant Manager, Assistant F&B Manager and, ultimately, F&B Operations Manager earlier this year.
Assistant Food & Beverage Manager – Emanuel Auer
Having begun his career aged 17 in the restaurant chain, Zizzi, Emanuel arrived at Stonehouse Court in 2013 and became Head Waiter the following year. Promoted to Duty Manager in 2015, Restaurant Manager, then ultimately Assistant F&B Manager in late 2016, working alongside Dominic.
Head of House Keeping – Karen Kelly
Starting out as a chamber person at 15 at the famous Mermaid hotel, Rye, East Sussex, I worked there for 8 years, learning all the ins and outs of the work involved in housekeeping. As I had spent most of my teen years working I decided I wanted to see the world and got a job as an au pair in America for a year.
On returning back to the UK Karen worked at the Wellington hotel, Tunbridge Wells. A job opportunity of head housekeeper arose in Gloucester at the New County hotel where I stayed for 3 years. During my time here I learnt many different skills that came in handy when applying for the role of Head Housekeeper at Hatherley Manor hotel where I stayed for 8 years. Then moved to oversee two hotels in Burford as head housekeeper, before joining Stonehouse Court as Housekeeping Manager in 2015.
Accounts – Sue Partridge
I Started work at Stonehouse Court Hotel in March 2012 on a temporary basis for 6 weeks, whilst the current Accounts Assistant was on Sick leave. I soon proved myself and became a full time contracted member of the team on 5th July 2012.
I had no previous knowledge of Hotel work as my previous role was Payroll Supervisor at local Building Society (21 years) before being made redundant. But this served me well in the position of hotel account manager and took to the role quickly.
The position has evolved within Hotel greatly since starting, and now includes Sales Ledger, making sure all paperwork for new starters is complete and more involvement with senior members of the team.
I was only meaning to stay for 6 weeks but fell in love with the hotel and the team and feel I will never leave now.
Maintenance Manager – Dave Watts
Since 1979 I have been self-employed working in all areas of the construction industry, the largest sites I have worked on are Disney land Paris and the centre point building in London.
My expertise are mainly in interior decorating but I can put my hand to anything.
I have always wanted to work Stonehouse House Court hotel and when an opportunity arose to become the maintenance manager I jumped at the chance.
I am very interested in the history of old buildings and working on them, so is my dream job!
Reception Manager – Rita Julius
I started my career in Hospitality studding at Stroud Catering college, primarily training to be a chef but also learning about all areas of the hospitality industry.
After finishing I decided that I enjoyed the customer facing side of hospitality more than the food side of things, so I applied for the role of Food and Beverage assistant at Stonehouse Court Hotel.
I work in this department for 2 years running events and conferences, before transferring my skills to the reception desk and working my way up to Reception manager.
Working for Stonehouse court has been one of the best experiences of my life, it has taught me about the person I am and has given new skills and direction.
Gardener – Rich Newman
My love for outdoor work and gardening started when I was about 10 years old, watching my father and helping him in the gardens. I say gardens because he had more than one – he was the head gardener at Standish Hospital, and at weekends he would work on people’s gardens around Painswick & Stroud. I would always go along to help him with my dog!
After school and in the summer holidays, it was the local farm where you’d find me. I’ve always been an outdoors fellow, I never had proper horticultural training, it was always just my passion.
When I was offered the chance to come to Stonehouse Court, it was a dream come true! I finally had the chance to work outside in the gardens after a lifetime of lorry driving & factory work. Now, at 58, I can see out my days in the gardens here in peace and harmony.