Sandy MacDougall, Owner of the Four Seasons Inn, lays grass seed as he awaits production of "Hotel Hell." (Chris Mays/Reformer)
Sandy MacDougall, Owner of the Four Seasons Inn, lays grass seed as he awaits production of "Hotel Hell." (Chris Mays/Reformer)
Saturday May 4, 2013

WEST DOVER -- Four Seasons Inn owner Sandy MacDougall is going to meet a celebrity ... in hell.

When the television show "Hotel Hell" comes to film a segment at his Route 100 establishment, MacDougall will face the music.

"I've been a fan of Gordon Ramsay since he went on TV," said MacDougall.

Ramsay and his team will be filming the Fox program at the Four Seasons from May 16-20. They have invited the community to book a room or make reservations for dinner while they are going to be there. The show will most likely air in the fall.

"After more than a decade of running restaurants in some of the world's top hotels, Gordon Ramsay knows firsthand the importance of surpassing guests' highest expectations.

Last year's first season of ‘Hotel Hell' was the biggest unscripted network hit of the summer," stated a press release. "Now Gordon Ramsay is back for a second season, hitting the road to fix some of America's most horrendous hotels, troubled inns and struggling resorts, many of which are on the brink of closure."

MacDougall told the Reformer that any help he could get with his inn would be "very well-received" and everyone will have to wait to see how he reacts to the internationally renowned chef Ramsay, who has been known for his cutting criticism.

"(I hope to gain) a lot of knowledge and a better understanding of what makes the inns and restaurants run," said MacDougall. "I think it will help the businesses in the (Deerfield) Valley, period. Just getting the notoriety of Gordon up here."

For now, MacDougall is waiting for Ramsay. He put grass seed down in the backyard, which is something he does every year after mud season.

Green Mountain Vermont Founder Phil Gilpin Jr. had nominated MacDougall's inn, when producers visited the Deerfield Valley in February. They had traveled around the northeast and various parts of the United States looking for hotels that fit the bill.

MacDougall has run the Four Season Inn and the Hunt's Club Restaurant for 25 months. Running a business like that was something he always wanted to do.

Starting on May 10, eight to 14 people will be working at the inn. All employees are required to take part in the show.

"They opt out, they find a new job," said MacDougall.

When asked about what he expects from Ramsay, MacDougall said he has no idea and no game plan. He said he'll take it as it comes.

"He's straightforward and right to the point," said MacDougall of Ramsay. "I was raised to speak like a sledge hammer -- fast and furious -- and deal with the ramifications later."

To get a room or book a reservation for dinner, while the show is filming, e-mail HotelShowFourSeasons@gmail.com.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.