The owners of The Swan at Hay, a listed Georgian hotel, have unveiled the property’s new look following a £1m makeover and the recruitment of a 20-strong team.
Calum Milne, managing director of the company that owns both The Swan at Hay and Llangoed Hall at Llyswen, opened the doors to the new-look hotel last week, with ‘no expense spared’ on the refurbishment, which saw a new roof installed and all the bedrooms and public areas renovated.
The 19-bed hotel has had all its log burners replaced with electric fires in reinstated fireplaces and shutters have been removed to allow light to flood into rooms. Special eco paint has been purchased to decorate the building.
The Swan at Hay is also home to a Market Bar on the ground floor, named the 1812 bar after the year the hotel was built and space for 26 covers, while the garden room restaurant can cater for 30 covers, the Green Room for private dining and the Coach House function room for up to 150 guests.
Hay on Wye’s Mayor Councillor Fiona Howard said: “They have done such a wonderful job and the bedrooms are beautiful. It’s going to be a real asset for the town.”
The hotel has 20 full and part-time staff and is managed by Mr Hunter, a Northern Irishman who previously worked at the Castle Hotel, Taunton, Heston Blumenthal’s award-winning restaurant, The Fat Duck in Bray, Angelus Restaurant in London and the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport.
Head chef Jerry Adam, who formerly worked under Nick Brodie at Llangoed Hall, has a brigade of four and is already winning rave reviews from inspectors and food critics for the quality of his dishes. The hotel offers bar, restaurant and tasting menus.
Originally built as a coaching inn, The Swan at Hay was used as a private house for a time before reverting to a hotel in the 1950s. It was originally popular with English visitors attracted to the spa towns of Mid Wales.
It was the third hotel acquired by Milne’s company, which has since added two more properties, in Cambridgeshire and Shropshire, to its growing portfolio.