The Swan at Hay is gearing up to relaunch in February following an extensive year-long refurbishment project.
The Grade-II listed Georgian property and former coaching inn will launch with 19 bedrooms, a restaurant, bar and wedding and events hall in a bid to become one of Hay-on-Wye’s leading hotel destinations.
The Swan at Hay is the sister hotel to Llangoed Hall in Wales, both of which are overseen by managing director Calum Milne.
Ronan Hunter has been appointed general manager at The Swan at Hay and is currently finalising the last phase of the hotel’s refurbishment. He has vast experience in the hospitality industry across the UK, including five years at Celtic Manor Resort.
The head chef at The Swan at Hay is Jerry Adam, whose most recent role was at Michelin-starred Ynyshir in Wales. Jerry also worked at The Swan at Hay’s sister hotel Llangoed Hall for three years, under head chef Nick Brodie.
Adam is currently finalising his menus for the 30 cover restaurant and 25 cover bar at The Swan at Hay and this spring a herb kitchen garden will also be unveiled.
The refurbishment has included external works to the building including a new roof and the entire refurbishment of the interior with redesigned bedrooms and bathrooms plus the public areas including the street facing restaurant and separate bar area.
Celebrating books and the Hay Literary Festival, The Swan at Hay will also offer guests a small library area where they can pick up a book and also a local map with information on the many book shops.
GM Hunter says: “We are in our final phase of a big refurbishment programme which has lasted over a year and we are very excited about our imminent launch. We have invested across the property and also appointed a rising star as head chef. We have worked with many local organisations and individuals helping to drive the local economy. I look forward to a successful 2017 and to attracting even more visitors to the wonderful town of Hay-on-Wye in Wales, year-round.”