The three-AA-star, 18-bedroom Swan at Hay hotel in the renowned book town of Hay-on-Wye, Powys, will close in January for a four-month renovation following the acquisition of the property by the owner of nearby Llangoed Hall.
Plans are being drawn up to re-roof and refurbish the hotel, which was previously owned by the Mackintosh family. The price paid for the hotel was not disclosed.
Calum Milne, managing director of four-AA-star, 23-bedroom Llangoed Hall in Llyswen, will oversee the improvements of the hotel, which is set in two acres of gardens. He is currently looking to recruit a manager and head chef. A new website and social media accounts will launch later this year outlining the future plans.
The Swan at Hay will become the third hotel in a collection that began in 2012 with the acquisition of Llangoed Hall by businessman Roger Hancox. The following year Hancox added the 49-bedroom Sudbury House hotel in Faringdon, Oxfordshire, which has since been transformed following a multi-million pound refurbishment.
Llangoed Hall, created by Sir Bernard Ashley and later owned by Van Essen, was bought out of administration by Hancox.
Hay-on-Wye is renowned for its extensive number of bookshops and for attracting thousands of book lovers to its annual literary festival in the early summer.
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