A Weymouth B&B owner ‘blasted competition out the water’ in an episode of the Channel 4 competition Four In a Bed last night.

Maxine Gilroy, 54, took over The Ocean Hotel on The Esplanade in 2022 after "falling in love" with the town on a holiday the previous year.

The announcer of the show, which was screened yesterday at 6pm, welcomed the viewers to the ‘ancient seaport and market town of Weymouth’ before touring the hotel.

Ms Gilroy said in the opening segment that she had been described as a 'Pat Butcher and Peggy Mitchell' type of person for her demeanour.

When asked what makes her hotel special, Ms Gilroy said: “Location, location, location with views in every room- sea and harbour views.” The hotel offers nine rooms, priced up to £130 a night including breakfast.

Her first guests, Gareth Hughes-Williams and Johnny Brunsden, said that the hotel ‘looks like a seaside town B&B that has been modernised’ and were impressed with the ‘incredible’ harbour view from their room.

Upon inspection, Gareth and Johnny complained about there being no white sugar in the anonymous feedback forms.

The next guests, Natalie and Josh from the Dartmoor Reach in Devon, drove past the Jubilee Clock before arriving at the hotel and said their jungle theme room was ‘cool and quirky.’

At breakfast, the guests said they ‘were not a fan’ of tinned tomatoes on their feedback form, but Ms Gilroy said she would serve fresh tomatoes if she 'lived on a farm'.

All three sets of guests said they would stay at the hotel again.  

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Dorset Echo: Ms Gilroy took her guests to the Nothe Fort to soak in the history of the ramparts and anti-aircraft guns. Their tour guide Emma also spoke of the ‘secret’ nuclear bunker underneath.

The host cracked a string of jokes whilst at the fort saying: “Welcome to the guest house” and “Who’s first?” when moving around on the anti-aircraft guns.  

The guests were impressed by Ms Gilroy’s antics and were worried about the competition, fearing she'd 'blasted them out the water.'

Later, Ms Gilroy took her guests down to her quirky bar, complete with its own skeleton, where she opened up about making the switch to the hotel industry from the NHS, describing herself as ‘burnt out.’

Speaking to the Echo, Ms Gilroy remained tight-lipped about the results of the show but said she believed her hotel had the best view out of all her competitors.

She said: "I am glad I got to show off Weymouth, I am certain we had the best view.

"I came here for a day in 2021 and I fell in love with the place.”

In coming episodes Ms Gilroy will test out accommodation offered by her competitors. 

Four in a Bed featuring the Ocean Hotel continues nightly until Friday, October 27 when the results of the winning lodgings will be announced. 

It is also available to stream online at Channel 4, whilst the feedback and results episode will air on Channel 4 this Friday at 6pm.