Welsh castle reopens with boutique rooms after £12m refurb

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Cardigan Castle in Wales reopened this week after a four-year, £12m restoration to transform the historic building into boutique holiday accommodation, complete with a heritage attraction and restaurant.

The venue has undergone extensive restoration work, including roof repairs, landscaping and reconstruction of the castle’s walls for a cost of £12m, and is now home to three boutique double bedrooms and two self-catering cottages.

After 15 years of campaigning by the community of Cardigan in West Wales to save the castle and the extensive renovation works, the 12th-century castle with Georgian House and Regency gardens is now open to the public.

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The Cadwgan Building Preservation Trust, made up of 250 local people, secured investment for the restoration, including more than £6m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £4.3m from the European Regional Development Fund.

Hundreds of local volunteers then took part in fundraising, raising more than £200,000 to save the 900-year-old site.

The new boutique bedrooms overlook the river, with a design that has been inspired by the building’s heritage with a cosy modern touch available to book from May.

Cardigan Castle now is also home to an on-site restaurant, named 1176, where guests can enjoy a number of locally-sourced dishes including a traditional Welsh breakfast as part of their stay.

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