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New owners and a new name for The Beacons in Brecon

Hospitality newcomers Francesca and Neal Gardner have bought The Beacons in Brecon following a deal brokered by Colliers International.

The 14-bedroom Bed & Breakfast in a Grade II listed Georgian townhouse, along with two barns suitable for conversion at the rear, was sold off an asking price of £495,000.

It is named after the mountain range that dominates the Welsh border town of Brecon and the National Park, and the new owners plan to rename it after the largest mountain in the range.

Francesca, a former nurse, said: “The first thing we are going to do is re-name the Beacons as Pen-Y-Fan Guest House. You can see the Brecons from the street outside so we are hoping this will help steer the business in a whole new direction.”

Originally from Chelmsford in Essex, Francesca and locally-born and raised husband Neal are planning a phased refurbishment on a room by room basis, throughout which the business will remain open.

“I’m really excited about it – we are hoping to give the place a little TLC, beginning with repainting the whole building inside and out,” she said.

“Further down the line we are hoping to convert the two barns into more rooms or holiday cottages – but this is very much a long-term project.”

Peter Brunt, a director with Colliers International’s Hotels team, said: “The Beacons occupies a prominent position in Bridge Street. Unusually, the property boasts a Georgian façade on a farmhouse dating back to the 17th century.

“Brecon is a magnet for walkers, cyclists and families visiting Christ College school, as well as an excellent base to explore the surrounding Brecon Beacons, I have stayed there myself when heading into the hills!”

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Peter Brunt

Director of Hotels Agency

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Peter is a chartered surveyor who first started dealing with the hotel and pub market in 1988.  He joined Robert Barry & Co in 1995 and after many years as a valuation professional has now been selling hotels and pubs for over 20 years. He is the director in charge of our operations in the west midlands and south west. This covers the south and south west of England including the Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, Hereford, Worcestershire, Shropshire, as well as the West Midlands, Staffordshire, south and mid Wales as well as more major instructions in the south west region generally. 

If you used to deal with former colleagues, Jon Wren, Alastair Murchie, James Richards, Chris Kent, Simon Wells or Mervyn Cully please feel free to contact Peter.

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