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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.