Swansea’s Fairyhill Hotel lays plans for new Orangery extension to capitalise on weddings boom

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Fairyhill Hotel in Swansea has unveiled plans for a new glass Orangery extension, which is said to be one of the single biggest investments in the local market in years.

The high-end country house hotel was acquired by independent wedding specialists Oldwalls in November and the property has been undergoing an extension renovation programme ever since, with its public areas, kitchen, grounds all being revamped.

Now work is to start at the 300-year-old Grade-II listed building in Gower to transform the business into a high-end wedding venue.

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Fairyhill hotel is currently home to an AA Rosette restaurant, eight bedrooms and two-bedroom cottage, bar and lounge and has been in operation as a hotel since 1984, hosting a range of high-profile guests including former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Oldwalls was set up in 2007 by Swansea-born brothers, Andrew and Simon Hale, who have reportedly been working on plans for the extension for ‘months’, but planning permission has now been granted.

Managing director of the Oldwalls Collection, Andrew Hole, said: “We are so excited that the cat is finally out of the bag. We have been working on the proposal for months with planners, architects and interior designers with the view that the purpose built function space will position us as a leading wedding venue not only in Wales but also throughout the UK.

“Having operated our award-winning flagship venue, Oldwalls Gower, for nearly a decade, we feel that we’re in the fortunate position of understanding exactly what the wedding market wants and we have therefore tailored the build to especially suit wedding needs.”

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