Twin chefs currently running a successful Italian restaurant in Newport have announced plans to transform a former nursing home in the city into a boutique hotel.
Restaurateur brothers Sergio and Pasquale Cinotto have recently purchased Rothbury House in Stow Park Circle and now hope to turn the Grade-II listed building into an upmarket hotel and food academy.
The building dates back to the 1800s when it was an opulent private home, before being used as a nursing home more recently. It closed in 2009 and was sold to the Cinotti brothers in September last year.
Speaking to South Wales Argus, Mr Cinotti said: “The idea is to open a boutique hotel which holds culinary classes as part of a fine dining food school.
“Surely people want to see that building kept as it is, it’s a valuable listed building and we could keep its original features by making it a boutique hotel.
“It could be a little gem in the area and we intend to bring back the building to its former full glory.”
Mr Cinotti said the hotel could bring a “huge financial benefit” to the area and create 32 jobs.
The two Italians have submitted a planning application to Newport City Council to change the use of the building, but residents have submitted more than 16 objections to the proposal following a meeting earlier this month.
But Mr Cinotti said he is aware of residents’ concerns and wants to send the message the development will not disturb the quietness.
“We don’t want a rowdy place, that’s not our style anyway. We want it to be a very high class standard with rooms around £300 a night. Gold-plated cutlery and very soft piano and harp music playing in the background, that kind of thing.”