Trefeddian Hotel History

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Trefeddian Hotel

Once upon a time...

It all started in 1903 when local builder and landowner, Edward Morgan, began building what was to be the Trefeddian Hotel. One year on, this impressive building, with chateau-like towers and a mock Tudor exterior, opened its doors to its first paying guests on 3rd February 1904.

Mary Jane Crewe (who was Thomas Cave Browne Cave's great-great-great Aunt) managed the hotel until 1907 when John Morgan died which is when it came into the family. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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War years

Soon after the Second World War was declared, the family made the difficult decision to let the hotel to the English finishing school, Châtelard. During this time, the family moved into the bungalow. Many of you will remember the bungalow with great fondness, now the site of our two luxury self catering properties, Seascape.

After four years of neglect, the family worked tirelessly to ensure that the hotel was ready to welcome guests back as soon as possible. Post-war shortages hampered the operation considerably. Catering also became difficult, “shortages, ration books and regulations were an ongoing nightmare dogging the post-war caterer”.

It was during this time that the family unintentionally, and embarrassingly, fell foul to the law having broken the rules on rationing. During an appearance at the Magistrates' courts, the family was let off with a caution, greatly comforted by the Magistrates who expressed the opinion that “the regulations of the day were harder to understand than a Chinese puzzle”.

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The fabulous fifties

It was early 1950 when the putting green was laid - it was originally a croquet lawn. With his love of golf and the skills he learnt on a green keeping course, this was the perfect project for John Cave who had taken over the running of the hotel by this time.

In 1959, the first real modernisation was made to the hotel kitchen. Cooking had previously been done on an ancient Aga and it rather depended on which way the wind was blowing to determine if it would work. The Aga was finally replaced with gas cookers, much to the delight of Margaret Cave who cooked on the Chef’s day off.

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The swinging sixties

A defining decade described as upbeat and exciting, this was also the case for the Trefeddian when John and Margaret Cave made some colossal alterations and improvements to the hotel - the biggest since it opened in 1904.

In 1961, the front of the hotel was taken down and extended in order for every bedroom to have an en suite bathroom, replacing shared facilities and chamber pots. Following this upgrade, it became apparent that the hotel needed a lift, with just one porter - he had to climb all the stairs with very heavy bags, sometimes right up to the third floor.

Changes were also made to what was the snooker room - a room with brown leather chairs and a small hatch through to the office where drinks were served. This was to become a proper bar, with part carpet and wooden flooring so guests could now engage in dancing - a great success in the summer months.

The face of the Trefeddian changed due to these improvements. It lost its original towers and Tudor exterior and became somewhat ugly - very typical of sixties architecture.

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After a big win on the pools, John Cave wisely spent his winnings on building the hotel swimming pool, a huge asset to the hotel. You would see John and Margaret go down to the swimming pool religiously every morning at 6.30am until their later years.

It was soon after this that his son, Peter Cave, started working in various departments at the hotel and learning the ropes. He took over the management in 1982 when John Cave retired. He never really retired completely though and continued to spend several hours at his desk every day dealing with the hotel accounts, whilst trying not to look out the window to see what was happening on the golf course.

Together with his wife, Caroline - whom he married in 1987 - Peter made major renovations and improvements to the hotel.

The dining room was extended, alongside the office and bar. Modernisation was also made to the foyer and card room, and the hotel opened at Christmas for the first time.

In 1999, the hotel came into the 21st Century when the first computer system was installed, enabling guest records and accounts to be digitalised, saving the office staff hours of work.

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The millennial years

The biggest project in the hotel's history brought in the millennium when a multimillion pound extension was made to the hotel and a fourth floor added. Eight superior rooms span the floor, two with balconies and all with large seating areas and bathrooms. A large gallery area with balcony is the perfect place to relax when you stay with us. To accommodate the extra guests, the hotel carpark was made larger by blasting the old quarry.

In 2004, the Trefeddian celebrated its Centenary Year. On 3rd February 2004, exactly 100 years after the hotel first opened its doors, an open day was held, followed by a firework display from the golf course and a gala dinner. The staff were kindly gifted with commemorative two pound coins to remember the occasion.

After battling a long illness, Peter Cave sadly died in 2012. It was then that his wife, Caroline, was appointed Hotel Director. Soon after this John and Margaret Cave died - a massive loss to us all.

Caroline has continued to follow Peter’s legacy and has strived to make improvements to the hotel year-on-year.

Extensive renovations have been made to all the ground floor rooms with modernisation and improvements throughout. In 2014, major developments were made to the swimming pool, with a complete revamp and the addition of the spa bath and waterfall. Wi-Fi was installed throughout the hotel bringing us into the modern world and Caroline’s biggest project to date was the demolition of the hotel's self catering bungalow. Built in the 1930’s, the building was beyond repair with regular water features appearing when it rained. This was a huge undertaking which took nearly two years and saw the construction of our two luxury self catering properties, Seascape I and II.

Today Caroline, working alongside her son Tom, carries on the ethos of the Trefeddian. Together they strive to ensure that guests enjoy their holidays with us for many years to come.