A cluster of three of Wales’ top boutique hotels has created a new operations manager role, ahead of a planned bedroom expansion after continued success for the group.
Twr y Felin Hotel, Roch Castle and Penrhiw Priory, located in St Davids, Pembrokeshire, part of the Retreats Group, has appointed Ewan Rees as its new operations manager, who brings with him more than 15 years’ experience in the sector to the role.
He will work alongside group general manager Paula Ellis to develop the portfolio and joins at a ‘pivotal point’ in the business, with growth top of the agenda.
As part of this development, 20 new bedrooms will be created at Twr y Felin, due to open in early 2020.
Ellis says: “I am thrilled to welcome Ewan to the team. This new role was created to ensure that we can maintain our ethos and company culture and continue to offer our guests memorable and unique experiences.”
Rees’ previous positions range from guest services & health spa supervisor at The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado, to guest relations manager and assistant hotel manager at the Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel.
He returned to Wales after 10 years around the world to take on the role of general manager at the Golden Lion Hotel, Newport, and most recently, ranger for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.
Twr y Felin is a former windmill which has been restored and extended, and is now home to 21 bedrooms and two Rosette Blas Restaurant.
Roch Castle delivers panoramic views of Pembrokeshire and offers just six rooms; whilst Penrhiw Priory has eight bedrooms.
The portfolio is owned by Keith Griffiths is a British architect who founded and chairs Aedas, one of the largest global architecture and design practices.
In 2009, Griffiths established the Griffiths-Roch Foundation to purchase and restore historic buildings in the St Davids peninsula of Pembrokeshire, Wales as luxury hotels.
In 2012 the Foundation completed restoration upon the 12th century Grade I-listed Roch Castle and Grade II-listed former Tudorbethan vicarage of Penrhiw.
The 18th century Grade 2 listed Twr y Felin windmill and hotel has completed restoration and opened in 2016.