Relaunch of Welsh boutique stalls as work overruns


The reopening of a hotel in Wales has stalled after it hit a number of hurdles during major refurbishment work.

The Seaways Hotel was due to open its doors in December, but owned Claire Tovey said the 16-bed hotel will now not welcome guests until 2016.

The building work has been plagued with problems uncovered during the project, including dry rot and damp proofing of the building.

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Tovey said that more than £500,000 has already been invested into the refurbishment and the work will continue until the building is renovated to the high standard.

Claire and her husband Phillip Tovey purchased the property earlier this year after it went on the market for £275,000.

However Phillip, who also owned Integrity Training in Bridgend, was jailed for 18 months in May after being convicted of nine charges of fraud and theft in relation to another business where he was employed as a human resources manager.

He resigned as director of the Seaways Hotel just over a week ago on October 19.

On the hotel’s Facebook page in February, the couple wrote that they planned to make Seaways a top boutique hotel for the area.

Renovation work began later that month and was documented on the page alongside posts advertising for staff.

Posts on the Facebook page stated the hotel was to have opened in two stages, with the restaurant and bars opening in the summer.

But staff due to start work in June were told the day before their employment was due to begin that the hotel would not open as planned.