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It takes con­fi­dence to trans­form a tired look­ing coastal club into a light, el­e­gant, kick-off-yourheels and re­lax kind of space, but Knutsford cou­ple Louise and Phil Good­win are do­ing just that.

They spot­ted the po­ten­tial of the old Sandy­mount Club in the sea­side town of Rhos­neigr while hol­i­day­ing in An­gle­sey.

Ea­ger for a vi­brant yet lux­ury gath­er­ing place for lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike, the duo de­cided to trans­form the high street bar into a de­sign-led bar and restau­rant with rooms. The £2m project is well un­der way and is ex­pected to open early next year.

‘The place had been on the mar­ket for sev­eral years and it of­ten came up in con­ver­sa­tion with my hus­band, fam­ily and friends how it would be great for some­one to buy it and turn it into a re­ally spe­cial place,’ ex­plains for­mer lawyer Louise.

‘Ev­ery­one agreed there was a need for a re­laxed place with good ser­vice right in the heart of the vil­lage that would be open all year round. The seed was sown and we knew it was the per­fect time to make the project hap­pen.’

Hav­ing prac­ticed in the cor­po­rate sec­tor for sev­eral years in both Lon­don and Man­ches­ter, the Louise de­cided to take a ca­reer break to look af­ter her youngest son.

‘The thought of buy­ing the Sandy­mount was an op­por­tu­nity for me to work on a new project and a place that’s very spe­cial to both my­self and my fam­ily.’

Hav­ing spent many a sum­mer in Rhos­neigr, Louise was ea­ger to re­flect the her­itage and sur­round­ing of its sea­side set­ting.

Think beach shack chic with weath­ered wooden ta­bles, wicker chairs, time-worn leather, raw linen, gi­ant in­ter­nal palm trees and over­sized rope pen­dants.

‘We’ve cho­sen to work with de­signer Michelle Der­byshire who, as an Aus­tralian, has an in­built love of coastal life,’ says Louise. ‘She in­stantly fell in love with the rugged and un­spoilt coast­line around Rhos­neigr.’ While Louise is re­luc­tant to give away too much de­tail about the in­te­ri­ors at this stage, she hints that the look won’t be all about the hazy days of sum­mer.

‘We’re aware that we may not al­ways have sim­i­lar weather to Syd­ney and, as we plan to be open all year round, we wanted to en­sure it will be a cosy place in the win­ter too. We have in­cluded three fire­places in the de­sign of the bar and restau­rant, one of which is go­ing to be on the shel­tered out­side ter­race, en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to sit in the coastal air all year round. The in­ter­nal fire­sides will cre­ate a cosy and wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment - great spots to share a bot­tle of wine or savour an af­ter­noon tea.’

The seven guest rooms will all be dif­fer­ent with a feel­ing of re­laxed lux­ury.

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