A new hotel has opened its doors at Llechwedd, Blaenau Ffestiniog opened this month and is already fully booked for the rest of the year.
The 24-bedroom Slate Mountain Lodge, which is a restored 19th century building, has been created as part of a £1.5m investment programme into Slate Caverns and is intended to cater for a slice of over 250,000 people who visit the site every year.
The hotel overlooks the historic Llechwedd site, once one of the busiest mines in the world, and the Moelwyn mountain range beyond.
Michael Bewick, managing director of the Slate Caverns, said: “Our beautiful new hotel is part of a £1.5 million investment programme which got underway with the launch of our luxury glamping lodges last spring.
“The development has been a particularly exciting project because of its pertinent place in our history. The Greaves family lived at the lodge for more than 150 years until the 1970s and the building was subsequently used as offices for the mine’s managers. To bring back to life a building which played such a significant part in Welsh history is wonderful thing, it adds a very authentic extra dimension to the visitor experience.”
The project is proving to be a success, with every room at the hotel booked out for the rest of the year, before a public launch in spring 2020.
Slate Mountain Lodge will undergo a refreshment programme to bring standards up to a four-star level, with bookings due to go live later in 2019.
The property is also home to a restaurant and bar and will have a ‘distinctly Welsh feel’.
The £1.5m investment has been part funded by the Welsh government.