A North Wales hotel bought by a luxury hotel group with the intention of creating an “iconic” place

A luxury hotel chain with five-star and Michelin-rated establishments has bought a hotel in North Wales. The Seren Group owns the five-star Grove of Narberth hotel in Pembrokeshire, the award-winning Beach House restaurant in Oxwich and the Coast restaurant and Kiosk cafe in Saundersfoot.

Now it is making its first move to North Wales as it prepares to take possession of the 14-room Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel near Dolgellau on June 13. Current owners, Lorraine Fielding and Mark Watson, are selling and retiring.

Seren Managing Director Neil Kedward said: “In our minds, small has always been beautiful and our team intuitively knew we had found the right property as soon as we pulled up to the gates. Penmaenuchaf has that rare quality of being a luxury hotel that instantly makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. The wonderful owners have created a truly warm and welcoming hotel and we hope to build on their success in the years to come.

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“The hard work begins now for our team, as we seek to fill key leadership positions in the hotel, with Lorraine and Mark retiring. The current hotel team is already performing at an excellent level and we look forward to working with them to build on their success.Over the next few years we are planning extensive renovations to the hotel, working with our friends and renowned interior designers, Martin Hulbert and Jay Grierson, as well as their brilliant team, to create an iconic Welsh country hotel.

Penmaenuchaf Hall stands in 21 acres of woodland and landscaped gardens, although the estate once covered thousands of acres and included landmarks such as the Cregennan Lakes, the George III Inn and the Penmaenpool Wooden Toll Bridge.

A farmhouse had stood on the site since the 16th century but redeveloped Bolton cotton magnate James Leigh Taylor in 1860 on the property that stands there today. The Hall remained in the same family, passed down through the daughter line, until 1975 when Major and Mrs. Wynne Jones died within a short time of each other.

The hall remained empty and dilapidated until 1978, when Mr. and Mrs. Gavin Miller purchased the house as a private residence. Mark Watson and Lorraine Fielding purchased the Hall in August 1989 and, after almost two years of planning and major renovation, Penmaenuchaf Hall opened as a hotel in December 1991.

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