Student digs transformed into five-star boutique b&b following 14-month renovation project

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A Grade-II listed building in Harlech which was previously used as student accommodation until 2014, has been transformed into a luxury five-star b&b.

The Crown Lodge in Harlech, Gwynedd, was acquired by Mr and Mrs Rosser in January 2016 and has now turned into a luxury b&b with the support of a six-figure commercial mortgage from HSBC and following an extensive 14-month renovation project.

The property, which was built in 1903 for Thomas More, the crown agent for Wales, was owned by Harlech College and used as student accommodation between 1949 and 2014.

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Since the Rossers acquired the property, 11 bedrooms have been reduced to four and private accommodation for the couple, who have restored the property using funds from the sale of their house and by releasing equity from another hotel business in Llanfyllin

Mark Rosser, co-owner of Crown Lodge, said: “Linda and I have worked with HSBC since we opened our first hotel 13 years ago, but after all that time we both fancied a new challenge. We were so pleased when we found our second hotel, Crown Lodge, and our relationship manager Nick Shannon was incredibly supportive of our plans to grow the business and bring this beautiful old building back to life. It hasn’t been properly lived in and loved since 1949 when it was sold by the Crown, so we’re delighted to have been given the opportunity.”

Crown Lodge is set in four acres of land within walking distance of the medieval Harlech Castle, built in 1283, and the town centre.

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