Two Londoners have swapped life in the busy city for the beauty of the Welsh borderlands after acquiring a hotel in the Teme Valley near Knighton.
James Sheehan and Zoe Carter have snapped up Milebrook House Hotel, after staying in 2017 and enjoying it so much they asked the owners if they were looking to sell up.
Fast forward a year and they took over the ownership of the 10-bedroom business, plus bar, sitting rooms and restaurant.
Head chef Matt Smith, a member of the Culinary Team Wales squad that won silver and bronze medals at the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg last November, has been recruited to run the kitchen.
Sheehan says: “We are working hard to rebrand and refresh the property to make the most of the wonderful architecture, mature gardens, magical scenery and serene placement in our beautiful Welsh valley. We are also busy trying to integrate and network with local businesses.”
To help market their new business, the couple have become members of MWT Cymru, an independent organisation that represents around 600 tourism and hospitality businesses across Powys, Ceredigion and Meirionnydd.
Built in 1760 as a dower house to the nearby Stanage Castle, the property was once the home of British explorer and author Sir Wilfred Thesiger.
Famous guests have included Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and rock star Mick Jagger.