London couple revamp historic hotel in Knighton into thriving new business

Milebrook House Hotel – Front shot

A London-based couple has upped sticks and left behind their fast-paced lifestyle to take ownership of a popular hotel in Knighton, after securing a funding boost from NatWest.

James Sheehan and Zoe Carter who both worked in the marketing and advertising industry, have taken over Milebrook House Hotel with the help of a £380k investment from the bank.

Over 18 months, the couple have transformed the 10-bedroom hotel into a thriving new business, invested in kitchen facilities and employing two new members of staff.

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There are also plans to upgrade the communal bar, lounge and garden areas and bedrooms over the next year.

Milebrook House, located in Powys by the River Teme, is a popular hotel of choice for celebrities such as Mick Jagger and David Beckham.

James said: “We had a great life in London but after staying at the hotel during a visit to Zoe’s mum who lives nearby, we both fell in love with the place and couldn’t stop thinking about it.

“Neither of us have ever worked in this industry before so we are completely new to this, but absolutely loving it. Our main focus at the moment is rebranding and refreshing the property to make the most of the beautiful space.

 “We couldn’t have made the move without the funding and support from NatWest and are very grateful that they have helped us in following our dreams.”

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