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Penally Abbey Hotel unable to open this summer following fire

Penally Abbey

Penally Abbey Hotel in Tenby will be unable to open this summer after a fire that broke out on Saturday morning caused extensive damage to the Grade-II listed building.

Fire brigades were called to the hotel at 10am on May 30 to fight the blaze that started on the first floor of the three-storey building before spreading to the roof. No one was hurt and the cause of the fire is currently being investigated by the Fire Service.

The four-star, 18th century Penally Abbey Hotel has been run by husband and wife team Lucas and Melanie Boissevain since 2014.

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The pair announced on the hotel’s website that due to the ‘significant amount of damage’ caused by the fire, it was with a ‘very heavy heart’ that the boutique hotel and restaurant will be unable to open at all this summer.

The post added: “It has been such a privilege to spend the last 5 years restoring the Abbey to its current beautiful state. Penally Abbey is a Grade 2 listed Strawberry Hill gothic house and will need the utmost care and precision in the months to come in order to restore it to the level that it deserves. 

“In the coming days and weeks, we shall find a way forward both together as a family and with our team and know that the hotel will return more beautiful and stronger than before. Of that you can be sure.”

The hotel has been closed since the end of March due to Covid-19 restrictions and the duo said they ‘were so looking forward to being able to gradually resume some form of normality’.

The post continued: “Please do know that we are so disappointed to not be welcoming you but that we hope that you will come and stay with us again in the hopefully not too distant future.”

All guests with current bookings in the next few months will be contacted individually.

Penally Abbey Hotel comprises 12 bedrooms and the 2 AA rosette restaurant Rhosyn.

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