Island House, which is a Grade 11* listed building, was purchased in March 2020. Work started immediately on emergency repairs, appointing an architect, structural engineers, historians and archaeologists. Discussions with Carmarthenshire Planning Dept were held. Our intention is to restore the house and make it a hotel, bar and restaurant. Completion is planned to take about three years.
Emergency Repair Works
Island House Restoration Ltd is undertaking emergency repair works to the Grade II* listed building on Wogan Street.
We are endeavouring to protect the building before the onslaught of winter sets in and the house suffers further damage and decay.
The spine wall of the building was dangerous and collapsing as a result of years of water ingress due to the collapse of much of the roof. The directors and owners of Island House Restoration Ltd. Philip Bond, and his brother, Stephen Kirkwood decided to demolish part of the spine wall and to replace the rotten oak floor beams and lintels.
The replacement floor beams and lintels are constructed of native air-dried oak which was sourced from a specialist supplier in Cirencester and transported to Laugharne.
Because there was no access to the grounds a crane was used to lift the enormous sections of oak over the boundary wall needed for the reconstruction of the failed spine wall.
Island House Restoration Ltd would like to thank the Town Council for allowing us to use the foreshore to carry out this task.
The next phase of the project will be to rebuild the twelve chimney stacks and start roof replacement. If needed we will install temporary roofing so that work can continue inside in the dry.
Designs for the hotel, restoration of the house and planning applications are being prepared by our consultants.