A former village posting house and forge has opened it's doors again after laying empty for years. Grade II Listed Picton House Hotel, in the village of Llanddowror near St Clears, has now been
restored back to it's former glory, by owners Helen Howell and her family.
Once a welcome stop-off for horses and their coaches travelling on the main Tenby to London stage coach route, on Friday 31st October, guests were stopping off for a different reason - to
celebrate the reopening of the historic building.
Fondly remembered by visitors from all over the world, Picton House was previously run by popular hosts Keith and Callie Lewis. As well as hoteliers, the Lewis's were well known bloodstock agents who successfully discovered the potential of several winning racehorses and many were trained here. Their son Grant Lewis is a well known Farrier in Llandovery and has now taken on the Bloodstock agency left by his father. The Lewis's are fondly remembered, but after they left Picton House fell into disrepair. A burglary left the building in a sorry state before Helen bought it and began a renovation list that would send most people running.
Blood sweat and tears and exactly two years later it's finally complete. Helen has tastefully refurbished the hotel while retaining many of the buildings unique features. "Picton House is a
historic building and I didn't want to detract from that by creating something modern and minimalist. The decor is in keeping with the building, yet has a quirky and stylish feel with all mod cons which we hope our guests will really enjoy."
What is perhaps unique about Picton House, is the fact that it's not just humans who are invited there. Horses too can stay the night and owners can park up and explore the many bridle ways the area has to offer, though a full Welsh breakfast is limited to two legged guests only!
As well as the six bedroom hotel on their doorstep, villagers now have a licensed bar and restaurant to enjoy. A choice range of wine, beer, coffee and tea plus a small menu of locally sourced food, home cooked by Helen herself. "We are really looking forward to welcoming villagers as well as our guests. Finally after many years Llanddowror has a place for locals to come too."
To find out more visit www.picton-house.co.uk