2016 Hotel Restaurant of the Year in Wales is sold for first time in 30 years

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The Great House Hotel in Bridgend – known as the ‘Welsh Wolf Hall’ – has been sold off a guide price of £935k for the freehold.

Believed to have been a gift from Queen Elizabeth I for her admirer the Earl of Leicester, the Grade-II listed property, the Great House Hotel was on the market for the first time in more than 30 years.

Colliers international hotels director Peter Brunt said: “Our clients Stephen and Norma Bond had invested a huge amount of time and effort into restoring the Great House to its former glory, and I’m delighted that having created such a strong business they are able to retire.”

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The Great House is well named and comes with a long list of royal connections. It is also said to have been home to Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, and more recently was stayed in by Prince Charles.

More recently it has won recognition and awards for its high standards over the years and was winner of the 2016 Hotel Restaurant of the Year award for Wales.

Peter Brunt believes the rich history of the Great House – which was built in the late 15th century with 16th and 17th century additions equidistant between Cardiff and Swansea – will always be a benefit for the operators.

“With its wonderfully grand rooms a visit to the Great House is like stepping back in time, but we believe that the new owners of this ‘Welsh Wolf Hall’, will be looking toward an exciting future too,” he said.

The Great House was virtually derelict in 1985 when Stephen and Norma Bond bought the building and began an ambitious refurbishment.

The hotel is now home to 12 bedrooms, with eight in the main house and four in the old coach house.

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