The Baird-Murray family launch The Timeline

Luxury hotel and spa, the four-star Metropole in Llandrindod Wells, has launched a fascinating exhibition into the hotel’s history to celebrate five generations of family ownership.The hotel has been in the same family since 1897 and is now run by the great, great grandchildren of Elizabeth Miles, the original owner.Siblings, Justin Baird-Murray and Sarah Hill are now The Metropole’s managing director and finance director, respectively.

The discovery of a cache of fascinating black and white photographs charting the hotel’s past led to the launch of The Timeline.

“In the 141 years since great, great granny bought The Metropole, so many things have changed, but there is one constant, the hotel itself,” says Justin. “My mother, Norma Baird-Murray, unearthed a fantastic collection of historic black and white images, and we felt they deserved a wider audience, hence the launch of The Timeline.”

The fact that The Metropole has been in the same family for so long is a key selling point.

“One of the trends we have noticed in recent years is how much our guests enjoy the fact that we are an independent, privately owned hotel,” explains Justin. “In these days of corporate chain hotels I think people are really beginning to appreciate the individual attention you get at an independent hotel.”

Picture shows: Timeline launch -  Sarah Hill and Justin Baird-Murray of The Metropole, with their mother Norma Baird-Murray, and (foreground) family friend, Maisie Powell, 99, who was at the opening of The Metropole’s original swimming pool in 1935.
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