Cardiff’s Cathedral 73 on the market for £1.5 million

George Sell By George Sell
06 January 2016 | Updated 06 January 2016

UK: Cathedral 73, a boutique hotel in Cardiff’s Pontcanna neighbourhood has been put up for sale by owner Nigel John.

UK: Cathedral 73, a boutique hotel in Cardiff's Pontcanna neighbourhood has been put up for sale by owner Nigel John.

John converted the property from a "a very clean but rather basic bed and breakfast".

"I knew there was a definite gap in the market for a boutique hotel of this size and in this central location. I had a vision of what the B&B could become. I wanted the hotel to provide flexible accommodation for the different needs of different guests, so we have en-suite rooms, serviced apartments and a self-contained coach house at the back of the property," said John.

"It took about 18 months to get the hotel to how I wanted it. During that time I lived in an old caravan in the rear garden, for security reasons rather than because of the budget. There was a lot of new materials such as copper piping coming into the property, so I felt living in the caravan would be the best way to keep the site safe. I chose all the colours, furniture, soft furnishings and even the ornaments, mirrors and artwork and where to place them. It was very enjoyable," he added.

"I haven't really done much marketing: word of mouth, the website and websites such as booking.com have been the main drivers for business, so there is opportunities for the new owners to really push the marketing activities. Also, the food and beverage side of the business is definitely ripe for development - there is enormous potential to turn it into a foodie destination too. The hotel is licenced to hold small weddings in three different areas, we usually hold them in the orangery, and this is a popular area of the business the new owners could also focus on," he concluded.

Guests at Cathedral 73 have included Ed Sheeran, Elaine Paige and Kurt Sutter.

www.cathedral73.com

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