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Historic Deganwy Castle hotel closes its doors

The Deganwy Castle Hotel is in a Grade II listed building
The owner says it hopes to reopen the Deganwy Castle Hotel soon

A hotel once run by the late TV personality Jess Yates has closed suddenly.

The Deganwy Castle Hotel in Conwy was once owned by the Stars On Sunday presenter and was a childhood home to the late TV presenter Paula Yates.

More recently, the Grade II listed building has been run as a 31-roomed hotel.

A spokesman for building owners Enterprise Inns said the aim was to reopen the place as soon as possible.

Conwy county councillor Jason Weyman said he hoped a new use would be found soon for the building.

The closure is a concern to everyone in the village and hopefully it won't stand empty for a long period of time
Jason Weyman, Conwy county councillor

The doors of the hotel are believed to have closed last week with staff ringing around to cancel bookings."It's one of the oldest buildings in Deganwy, and the whole village was built around it," said Mr Weyman.

"I have seen a picture of the area in the late 1800s and it is the only building here."

Mr Weyman said the history of the building was interesting as it had once been a substantial farm, but the decision had been made early on to turn it into a hotel, possibly because of the views over the estuary towards the town of Conwy.

Jess and Paula Yates
TV personalities Jess and Paula Yates both lived in the hotel.

The venue was a "hub" for events in the community," he added.

"The closure is a concern to everyone in the village and hopefully it won't stand empty for a long period of time," he said.

No-one was available from the hotel to comment but it is understood that hopes of a sale had recently fallen through.

A spokeswoman for Enterprise Inns, which owns the building, confirmed the "temporary" closure, but said the company was looking to re-open it as soon as possible.

Jess Yates ran the hotel before moving to a house elsewhere in the county. He died at the age of 74 in 1993.

A few years after his death, a DNA test revealed that his daughter Paula, who died in 2000 - and was the former wife of rock star and Live Aid founder Bob Geldof - was biologically the daughter of the late Opportunity Knocks presenter Hughie Green.



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