The 4-star Talbot Hotel Collection has announced the addition of the ‘Stonebridge’ building on Paul’s Quay in Wexford town to its hotel portfolio. The building features 73-luxury apartments located less than 100 metres from the 4-star family-owned Talbot Hotel on Wexford’s quayside. It will, according to the new owners, become a Talbot Hotel Collection Aparthotel.
Stonebridge was developed as a lavish complex; it was completed in 2008, however it was never opened for public use. It features 73 partly finished exclusive apartments, which are ideally suited for spacious family holidays, luxury breaks and executive stays. The building also features a 314-space multi-storey car park, enabling the new owners to offer private parking with direct access to the hotel-serviced apartments. Guests will also have access to the pool and leisure centre and food and beverage services at the adjacent Talbot Hotel.
The expansive modern building situated on just over two acres in the centre of Wexford town also includes over 4,000 square metres of retail space along with a refurbished six-storey former grain store listed building. Two further retail buildings are also included in the sale, a three-storey at 89 South Main Street and a further building at Pierce Court.
Cormac Pettitt, owner of the Talbot Hotel Collection, said: “We are delighted to have purchased this fantastic development in the heart of Wexford town, it is a very exciting opportunity for the company. Our plans are to invest a further €2.5 million to complete these luxury apartments and welcome guests by the middle of this year.
“This is a major acquisition for the company and we are very much looking forward to bringing life back to this amazing development; the views alone are enough to make guests fall in love with Wexford town.”
The new aparthotel features a mixture of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments set out over five floors above a ground floor retail space, which is currently leased to TK Maxx. All of the apartments have extensive floor space from 70 square metres up to the 180 square metre penthouses. Each apartment features an ultra modern Italian-style kitchen, with the living areas having floor-to-ceiling windows offering the sea views along the Quayside, a sky-high view of Wexford town and panoramic vistas of Mount Leinster.
Philip Gavin, Managing Director of the Talbot Hotel Collection, added: “This a unique tourism proposition, there is not a hotel in Ireland offering anything like this accommodation to guests, both in terms of the scale and the quality. These are exclusive stay apartments located in a superior position on the Quayside. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular uninterrupted sea views while the aparthotel is also centrally located with the amenities of Wexford town on the doorstep.
“Each apartment features top of the range fixtures and fittings, all of the first floor apartments have access to a landscaped private garden area, and the apartments from floor two to five feature private balconies. This is a one of a kind tourism offering and a real game changer in terms of the accommodation offering in Wexford and even nationally among the Irish hotel sector.”
The aparthotel property adjoins Oyster Lane where, some 70 years ago, Cormac Pettitt’s grandfather Jack Pettitt established the family’s first supermarket in 1946. The Wexford-based hotel group operates The Talbot Hotels in Wexford town, Carlow and Stillorgan and during 2014 added the Oriel House Hotel and the Midleton Park Hotel to its hotel portfolio, along with the Dome Entertainment Centre, a property adjacent to The Talbot Hotel Carlow. The parent company of the Talbot Hotel group also operates six Pettitt’s SuperValu stores across Wexford, Wicklow and Kildare.
The Talbot Hotel Collection currently employs more than 600 people at the Wexford, Carlow, Dublin and Cork hotels. It is thought that 20 new full-time positions will be created at the aparthotel in Wexford and an additional 40 contract positions will also be created during the renovation phase of the building until the official opening in early summer 2016.