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Last Updated: Friday, 22 June 2007, 15:41 GMT 16:41 UK
Art deco landmark is refurbished
Inside the building
Sir Clough Williams-Ellis designed floor-to-ceiling windows
An art deco landmark on a seafront in Gwynedd has been refurbished by the daughter of a local solicitor, who bought it on "impulse" 50 years ago.

Morannedd Cafe is housed in the Grade II-listed building in Criccieth, designed by Portmeirion architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis.

After belonging to Butlins holiday camp it was bought by William George in the 1950s, before being leased out.

Mr George's daughter Elizabeth said she had always dreamed of running a cafe.

"My father had gone to an auction on behalf of a client and this building came up, but didn't sell," said Ms George.

"As he was walking back to his car he decided on impulse to turn back to buy it."

Refurbishment

The building was leased out for many years but when the last tenant decided to give up the business Ms George said she saw her opportunity.

"I worked part-time as a solicitor but I'd always wanted to run a business and everything seemed to click into place, and I decided to take it on with my partner Dafydd Lloyd," she said.

The renovation of the building took nine months with the builders commenting on the "particularly thick walls" said Ms George.

Morannedd Cafe
Dafydd Lloyd and Elizabeth George outside the building

"It is apparently a feature of buildings designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, " she added.

Taking on the cafe has also given Ms George an opportunity to complete an unfinished project started by her late father nearby.

"My father loved golf and years ago had a specialist company build a pitch and putt golf course on land near the cafe.

"This had fallen into disrepair in recent years and my father had been working on plans for its refurbishment up to when he died last year. I can now carry this through," she said.




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