Kinmel Hall owners have said to stop renting camping pods in the grounds of the historic property
The new owners of Kinmel Hall have been ordered to stop renting camping pods within the grounds of the historic property.
The dilapidated hall – dubbed the Welsh Versailles – was auctioned off for £ 950,000 in May to local buyers after years in the hands of a company registered in the British Virgin Islands.
They have not spoken publicly since the purchase, although Claire Thomas heads the Facebook group that coordinates efforts to restore the property.
This summer, as part of fundraising efforts, glamping pods were launched in the gardens, promoted on sites like Airbnb and PitchUp, and received rave reviews.
But Conwy’s council has now called for this to be halted because the building permit has not been obtained. Pods have been removed from Airbnb in recent days.
A spokesperson for the owners said they were focusing on waterproofing the building and the request to fit out the pods was ongoing.
Conwy’s board said: “We are in constant dialogue with the owners, we are currently focusing on the progress of the roof repairs to prevent water infiltration.
“Planning permission was not granted for the vacation capsules; a request is in the process of being submitted, and we have requested that the use cease pending the request. “
A press release from the owners specifies: “The requests for fitting out the pods are in progress.
“We are obviously primarily concerned with sealing the building and preventing any further damage, which is as you would expect a huge amount of work, and we are working closely with Conwy City Council to achieve this.
“We are a local family, who are undertaking this project out of love for a beautiful building that we want to see restored to its former glory. “
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