A COUPLE from Chester featured in a TV show fronted by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen about the North Wales mansion they have lovingly restored in a £4m revamp.
Pravin and Tara Jade run Carriages retro cafe and bar at Chester Railway Station.
But on Monday the BBC’s Hidden Houses of Wales series featured Glynllifon mansion near Caernavon which they bought 10 years ago as a restoration project.
Today Glynllifon is a 40-bed hotel, restaurant and function room. A revamp of its dilapidated interior features a contrast between the original fittings with some 21st century “bling” from designer Tara, who ran high class fashion store Jade Couture in Eastgate Row for ten years.
Glynllifon used to be the seat of the Newborough aristocratic dynasty. It has been used as a suitably grand backdrop for scenes from the last days of the Russian Romanov dynasty in a National Geographic documentary about the “mad monk” Rasputin.
Tara, former secretary of Chester Business Club, and Pravin opened Carriages bistro last summer.
The couple invested £200,000 in the project and created 17 jobs.