A 200-year-old hotel in Llanelli is about to undergo a refurbishment after being acquired by new owners.
Nickesha Graham-Burrell and Balfour Burrell have secured £420,000 funding from Natwest Bank to buy the Ashburnham Hotel in Pembrey after its former owners retired.
The Burrells said they plan to build on the ‘impressive reputation and operation’ of the £650,000 annual turnover business, including ‘considerable investment’ in landscaping and internal renovations on the seven-acre site, and a future vision to add guest lodges to the grounds.
The couple also plans to improve sustainability by installing electric vehicle charging stations on site.
Balfour, a former construction project manager, will take over as general manager. All current staff will be retained as part of the change of hands, while the new owners hope to create more jobs in the area as the business expands.
Built as a freestanding inn in the early 1800s to accommodate local businessmen, the hotel inherits its name from the Earl of Ashburnham, who lived in the Pembrey house until the 1920s. property hosted aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart for a night after her transatlantic flight in 1928, where she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
The deal was completed in March 2022 and secured full ownership of the hotel alongside all existing furniture and amenities.
Nickesha Graham-Burrell said: “The Ashburnham Hotel is a hugely important business in the area and is in an idyllic location close to Pembrey Country Park and Ashburnham Golf Course. It is rich in history and still plays an important role in the local community offering everything from weddings to business meetings and catering opportunities.
“The hotel has seen many changes over the years and will undergo internal and external refurbishment to create a sophisticated and luxurious atmosphere. We are excited about the future of the business and are committed to ensuring that it remains authentic as the operation grows.