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Wrexham hotel to be restored to its 'past glories'

Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Wrexham
The hotel will receive a 1m refurbishment after the change of hands.

A well-known Wrexham landmark is to be completely refurbished after being bought by a local businesswoman.

The Wynnstay Arms Hotel, with 67 bedrooms, has been bought by Stephanie Booth, who has promised to spend at least £1m in the first year.

Ms Booth said she wants to restore the historic Grade II listed hotel to its "past glories".

Ms Booth, who owns other hotels, featured in the BBC Wales series Hotel Stephanie.

The new owner has "guaranteed" the workforce their jobs will be safe, and will be looking to employ more staff.

She said: "Apart from the capital investment I'll be looking forward to finding out from the people of Wrexham what they want to see from this historic hotel.

"We plan to be there from day one to consult with both staff and customers alike."

The Georgian building, formerly known as the Eagles Inn, was where the Jacobite society, the Circle of the White Rose met in the 18th Century, including members of the prominent Williams-Wynn family of Wynnstay.

The Football Association of Wales was founded at a meeting at the hotel in 1876, and there is a plaque to mark the occasion.

The facade of the hotel is protected, after a campaign to save it from demolition in the 1960s.

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