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Hollywood stars linked South Wales hotel sells at auction

AN historic multi award winning south Wales valleys pub at the centre of its community for decades which has hosted stars of screen and politics has a new starring role.

Treorchy’s imposing Pencelli Hotel, reputed to have been a favoured haunt of Hollywood megastars Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, could have a glittering future after being sold at auction.

The  Rhondda valley pub, which can trace its history back to the eighteenth century, listed with guide price of £173,000 sold for £180,000 after attracting a total of five bids from three bidders.

The former hostelry, on Pencai Terrace, next to the town’s Pengelli Bowls Club and pristine green and Ysradfechan Park, was sold by Newport-based Paul Fosh Auctions.

Debra Bisley, of Paul Fosh Auctions, said: “The Pencelli Hotel oozes history from every square inch of its bricks and mortar. It has had a celebrated past over many years and is now well placed to repeat its multi award winning journey at the centre of its unique community after being bought at auction.

“The ground floor of the property offers a welcoming, traditional atmosphere with a bar area, lounge, pool room area, commercial kitchen and toilets. To the rear of the property is a beer garden with additional seating and coach house. Subject to the relevant consents the coach house may be suitable for further development.

“The first floor of the property, traditionally used as function rooms, has most recently been used as living space. The area has a large living room, three large function rooms, a kitchen and bathroom with separate WC. Subject to the relevant consents the function rooms may be suitable for use as bedrooms.

“The second floor has three large bedrooms inclusive of large cupboards which may be suitable for conversion into ensuites.

“There is a basement made up of three large rooms inclusive of a cold room/ barrel store.

“This property is ready to be reopened as a public house and offers potential for an AirBNB, or residential accommodation on the upper floors. Alternative uses may include but are not limited to a restaurant, gym, hotel or development opportunity.”

The vendor of the former hotel said: “The Pencelli Hotel lies in picturesque surroundings in the heart of the south Wales valleys, nestled at the head of the town of Treorchy that was voted best town in the Great British high street awards 2020.

“The property is a substantial building, in one of the most sought after areas in the Rhondda valleys. Benefiting from scenic views of the Rhondda Fawr and Rhondda Fach valleys that surround the property.

“With the location and proximity of the town and local amenities this makes The Pencelli Hotel both perfect for future business and ideal for numerous commercial opportunities.

“Directly across the road from the Pencelli Hotel is the Ysradfechan recreation area that was given to the community by the Ocean Coal company just after the First World War as a showpiece park. It features a model playground, complete with children’s paddling pool, tennis courts, vast lush playing fields and a bowling green.

“Next to the Pencelli Hotel there is a lush bowling green “Pengelli bowls green” this is well kept with bench seating and pavilion. A stone’s throw away is the Treorchy public library, The Park and Dare theatre and also the town’s award-winning shopping centre.

“There is a bus stop situated across the road from the property and a train station less than two minutes’ walk away offering easy access to the capital and surrounding areas.

“The Pencelli Hotel was re-opened in 2016 and became arguably the most successful public house in the Rhondda valleys, boasting multi prestigious C.A.M.R.A awards until the public house closed due to the landlord’s ill health in 2022.

“The Pencelli was renowned for its real ales, real ciders and live music that attracted customers from near and far including politicians, sportspeople and TV celebrities.

“It is said that Hollywood mega stars Richard Burton & Elisabeth Taylor were frequently seen in the back snug of the Pencelli. At the end of the Second World War the decision to reform the world renowned Treorchy Male Voice Choir was made in the bar of the Pencelli Hotel.”

The next Paul Fosh Auctions online sale starts at 12 noon on Tuesday, June 18 and ends from 5pm on the first day of summer, Thursday, June 20.