A HOTEL and its chain have been fined thousands of pounds after historic windows – protected under Grade II listed status – were removed from the town centre building.

Sarova Hotels Ltd and the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa were told to pay more than £27,000 after eight windows were removed from the Grade II* listed hotel in Thames Street.

The hotel sits in the Windsor Conservation Area, just 300 metres from Windsor Castle.

Cllr David Coppinger, cabinet member for planning and health (inc. sustainability), said: “Windsor is a town with an iconic national reputation that we work hard to protect.

“Our officers worked quickly when we became aware of this breach and I’m delighted their hard work has led to a successful prosecution.

“There are 72 Grade II* listed buildings in the borough and we will do whatever we can to preserve our heritage.

“I hope this significant fine discourages others from taking our communities’ historic landmarks for granted.”

As a Grade II* listed building, the hotel is among the six per cent of listed buildings to be given this heightened level of protection, the second highest classification in the country.

The building dates back to the Eighteenth Century and has a rich history as a guest house and royal coal master’s house.

Sarova Hotels Ltd, of Thurloe Place, Kensington, bought the site in 2011. The company admitted one count of breaching Section 9 of the Listed Building Act at Reading Magistrates’ Court on February 23, 2018.

Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa, of Thurloe Place Kensington admitted one count of breaching Section 9 of the Listed Building Act the same day.

The two firms were sentenced by District Judge Sophie Toms at the same court on Friday April 20.