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.
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.