Gwrych Castle set for luxury hotel development

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A 193-year-old castle folly which once housed a zoo, a world champion boxer and Jewish refugees during World War Two is set to become a luxury hotel.

Conwy council planners are allowing developers to transform the derelict Gwrych Castle, near Abergele.

The castle is a prominent landmark for motorists travelling on the A55.

But the Grade I listed Gothic folly, built in 1819, is now roofless and overgrown after years of neglect.

Matthew Richards reports.

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