South West Wales

Laugharne hotel closure sparks 30 job losses

Hurst House Hotel, Laugharne
Image caption The company which owned the hotel went into administration last month

A west Wales hotel, once co-owned by actor Neil Morrissey, is closing with the loss of more than 30 jobs.

Followset Ltd, the company behind Hurst House in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, went into administration on 24 November.

Administrators Grant Thornton said they had hoped to secure a sale of the hotel as a going concern but that had not been possible.

Morrissey co-owned the Grade II listed 17-bedroom hotel between 2001 and 2008.

It was one of three properties in the coastal town in which the Men Behaving Badly star had a joint interest.

With Laugharne-based business partner Matt Roberts he also owned Brown's Hotel, renowned as being the local frequented by poet Dylan Thomas, and the New Three Mariners pub.

Followset had taken over Hurst House at the end of Morrissey's involvement.

Alistair Wardell of Grant Thornton said the closure of Hurst House had affected more than 30 full and part-time positions.

"We have regrettably taken the decision to close the hotel due to the difficulties of trading in administration whilst a sale was pursued," he said.

"We continue to hope for a sale in the short term in the absence of which the hotel will be marketed."

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