But now the 56-bedroom clifftop Rest Hotel has gone on the market – with a …

It is a historic Grade II-listed property built with the backing of Florence Nightingale 136 years ago.

But now the 56-bedroom clifftop Rest Hotel has gone on the market – with a guide price of £1.5m.

The 47,000 sq ft convalescent hotel – which overlooks Porthcawl’s Rest Bay and sits in 11-acre grounds – accepted survivors from the Tynewydd colliery disaster in 1877 as its first patients.

Savills estate agents, which is handling the sale, said the owner was likely to want to make changes to the building – with the historic space facing being turned into apartments or a huge home.

The firm’s director for development services, Gareth Carter, said: “We are guiding the property at £1.5m but the guide could go up or down.”

The new owner is likely to make some changes.”

He added: “Whatever happens I expect it will be subject to some kind of refurbishment or alteration.

“It would be a very big house I think, it’s too big to be honest. But stranger things have happened.”

The building is the subject of a planning application put in by Mayo Property Developments Ltd.

The business hopes to convert the main building and a new annexe into 68 apartments and build a new 38-bedroom convalescent home in the grounds.

Savills said it had already had “a variety of different approaches”, which have come from the care, hotel, leisure and development sectors.

Doug Jones, chairman of the Porthcawl branch of the University of the Third Age (U3E) said U3E “use it every day of the week really.”

“We have been extremely happy here and still are,” Mr Jones said.

“The accommodation is very good and staff are kind and helpful, so from the U3A point of view, we very much regret that we won’t be able to, as things stand, use it in a few months time.”

He said the point about the property was its history, pointing to nurse Florence Nightingale writing a letter to founder Dr James Lewis advising him on his venture in November 1871.

The first patients at The Rest were the seven survivors of the Tynewydd Colliery disaster. They had been trapped underground for 10 days. 

“The aim was to provide respite for people who worked and lived in terrible conditions,” Mr Jones said. 

He said he thought Dr Lewis “would be very regretful” if he knew what was going on.

When contacted, The Rest referred the Echo to Rob Gough, chairman of the hotel’s controlling management board.

He could not be reached for comment.

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