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Carmarthen’s The Boat House Bed & Breakfast Secures Funding from Natwest


Celebrated Laugharne guesthouse, The Boat House Bed & Breakfast, is under new ownership after NatWest provided funding to assist the acquisition.

Jane Robinson purchased new premises in the famous town where renowned Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas lived, with the support of funding and additional banking services from the bank. Relocating from Essex with her partner, Jane previously worked in the leisure industry and had holidayed in the Swansea area.

The Boat House Bed & Breakfast attracts tourists from across the globe, who flock to the ancient township to discover its rich history and heritage. It overlooks the Tâf estuary by which Dylan Thomas lived between 1949 and 1953 and wrote some of his major pieces.

Jane has spent time reviving the property and investing in new signage and has just reopened in time for the peak summer trading period. The bed and breakfast will use local suppliers to help support the surrounding community.

Jane Robinson said:

“I’ve always wanted to run my own business and having been on holiday in Wales a number of times, I was looking to buy an existing bed and breakfast in the region. The setting in the charming town of Laugharne with its treasured poet, Dylan Thomas has created a buoyant tourist market and I think there’s even more potential for the business, building on a solid foundation.”

Leighton Jones, Relationship Manager at NatWest, added:

“Jane has an ambitious plan for The Boat House Bed & Breakfast, which has a long history in Laugharne. We’re proud to support her in her business and wish her every success in her new venture.”