Stardens was a nightclub in a country house in the former Bishop of Herefords summer palace. It was owned by Gerry Delaney and his wife Eileen. Fate was unkind to Gerry. The Stardens Country Club was severely gutted in a fire on June 6th 1980. He promised to rebuild it as a club, but the custom never came back. Tragically Eileen then died from cancer in 1982, aged just 45. With his sons Paul, Nick and Joe, Gerry decided to convert the building into six luxury apartments. He told the Citizen in December 1985 that he was rather sad that his attempts to restore and renovate Stardens into a restaurant and club again had failed.
Planning application: Forest of Dean District Council. Week ending 15th November 1985: Mr G. Delaney – change of use of Stardens Country Hotel, Newent, to six residential flats.
The Lydney Observer: Friday, December 13th 1985 – Stardens Hotel Into Flats: A Newent Hotel gutted by fire in 1980 is to be converted into six flats North Forest planners agreed last week. The site is Stardens Country Hotel, Tewkesbury Road, Newent.