Multi-mil­lion in­vest­ment is on track for land­mark

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Owen Hughes

THE own­ers of this ho­tel say they have agree­ment in prin­ci­ple to push on with a near £5m ex­pan­sion that they say will cre­ate 22 new jobs.

Paul and Rowena Wil­liams took over the run­ning of Seiont Manor, near Llan­rug, last year with am­bi­tions to ex­tend it and en­cour­age more local peo­ple to visit.

The £4.6m plans in­clude ex­tend­ing the restau­rant with a new lake-view ter­race, im­prov­ing chang­ing and spa fa­cil­i­ties and adding treat­ment rooms, plus build­ing a lake­side func­tion suite with bed­rooms above and lux­ury lodges in the 21-acre grounds.

They say dis­cus­sions with plan­ning of­fi­cers had been “fruit­ful” and now plan to sub­mit a de­tailed plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion.

Rikki Reynolds, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor for ho­tel own­ers Ru­ral Re­treats & Leisure, said: “This is a major step for­ward and would pro­vide a much needed source of in­come to make the ho­tel sus­tain­able and im­prove the fa­cil­i­ties.”

But he added: “This alone will not se­cure the fu­ture of the ho­tel. Other in­come streams are re­quired to en­sure the long term sus­tain­abil­ity of the ho­tel and to safe­guard its em­ploy­ees’ fu­ture.” Ad­di­tional plans in­clude lux­ury lodges among the 21 acres of farm land be­side the river Seiont.

Mr and Mrs Wil­liams sub­mit­ted a pre-plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion ear­lier this year and have re­cently re­ceived preap­pli­ca­tion ad­vice, which ap­proved the pro­posal in prin­ci­ple.

To en­sure the local ecol­ogy of the site is pre­served and en­hanced, a num­ber of spe­cial­ist re­ports have been com­mis­sioned. Si­mon Humphreys, chief ecol­o­gist from Land and Her­itage, who is work­ing for RRL on the project, said: “Cur­rently vis­i­tors to the ho­tel see lit­tle of the stun­ning coun­try­side at Seiont and this scheme will en­able guests to ex­pe­ri­ence and ap­pre­ci­ate the qual­ity of its habi­tats and land­scape.

“Seiont is home to a range of im­por­tant pro­tected species, in­clud­ing bats, owls and ot­ters, and we will be tak­ing care to en­sure all wildlife fea­tures are re­tained and en­hanced.

“Sen­si­tive ar­eas will be fully pro­tected. The scheme will en­able us to ex­tend and im­prove the ex­ist­ing wet­lands and wood­lands which have been ne­glected for many years.”

RRL’s sis­ter ho­tel, nearby Plas Glyn­l­li­fon, which is due to open in the au­tumn of 2020, is also un­der restora­tion by Mr and Mrs Wil­liams, who hope to run the two ho­tels in tan­dem.

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