2017-07-14 16:45:51 UTC
We regret to announce the untimely passing of Caroline Sterling, nee
Bone, late of Ambridge and Femminamorta, Tuscany and beloved proprietor
of our hotel.
Caroline was born in 1955 in Netherbourne, a scion of the
Netherbournes of Netherbourne, "Netherbournes are neither born nor made"
she often quipped, enigmatically. As a young woman, Caroline embraced
the swinging seventies and was held in high esteem by London's Soho set
(she was the cover girl for High Times magazine on no less than three
occasions). However she suddenly returned to her roots in Borsetshire at
the age of 22, having dramatically changed her looks and style. "My
Country Escape" she often jokingly referred to it.
She took a pivotal role in the village at The Bull public house, where
she was the purveyor to, and comforter of, many a weary plougher of
furrows and guardian of flocks. She was renowned throughout the County
for her good breeding, as people often remarked, and the name of 'Bone'
was in many a mouth.
She plied her trade as the Belle of The Bull only briefly, however,
before catching the eye of local entrepreneur Jack Woolley, who enjoined
her to take up the role of Chatelaine of the Grey Gables Country House
Hotel and Restaurant (widely acknowledged to be Borsetshire's finest)
which was to become her vocation. Perhaps the highlight of her career
was the visit of HRH Princess Margaret, to whom Caroline graciously gave
up her apartments, ever after known as The Royal Garden Suite. Caroline
became a regular correspondent of HRH and little packages winged their
way from Ambridge to many a royal palace, over the years.
There were many highs, and some lows, for Caroline, the inexplicable
disappearance of her lover, Cameron Fraser, and the inexplicable death
of her friend Mark Hebden in which she was involved, but she was
sustained by many close friendships in the village, with local farmer
Brian Aldridge, the vetinarian Robin Stokes and the doctor Matthew
Thorogood. "I was working towards a set," she once said, collectedly, "I
was often in need of a good lawyer."
In 1995 Caroline met her soulmate, the millonaire Guy Pemberton,
wealthy, sophisticated and in sadly poor health. A mere six months after
their marriage, Guy inexplicably died of a heart attack, leaving
Caroline the distraught owner of a small country estate, the Dower House
and a controlling share of The Bull public house.
It was more than ten years before Caroline felt she could love
another, when she met and was wooed by the millionaire Oliver Sterling
(he of Sterling Gold). "Compliments paid in Sterling are always
acceptable," was a phrase she coined on the day of their wedding.
Together the couple purchased Grey Gables, after Jack Woolley
inexplicably became confused in his old age.
Caroline preserved Grey Gables as a bastion of tradition hospitality
in a modern age, and welcomed a host of titled and celebrity guests,
whose names we modestly omit here, though visitors are almost guaranteed
to run into well-known faces when they book rooms at reasonable rates,
dine at our award-winning gourmet resaurant or visit our
beautifully-appointed and well-equipped health spa and pool with its
full program of pampering treatments.
In recent years Caroline had taken a back seat in running the hotel to
live in Tuscany, and it was there that she passed away peacefully by the
pool at her luxury villa. She is survived by her husband OLIVER and her
foster child Carly, who is regrettably not at liberty to attend the
memorial service - which will be hosted by her good friend Shula Hebden
Lloyd in the coming week.
Kosmo Richard W
Kosmo Richard W