The hotel has been opened by Keith Griffiths, founder and chairman of international architects Aedas, who has spent seven years working on Twr y Felin, along with his other properties Roch Castle Hotel and Penrhiw Hotel, all in the Pembrokeshire Coast national park.
He said: “After seven years and an investment of £7 million, it’s wonderful to see this historically-significant building finally restored and given a new lease of life as Wales’ first art hotel.”
The art at the hotel includes the work of Charles Uzzell-Edwards, a leading street art and contemporary artist known as Pure Evil.
He said: “I was born and raised in Wales so was immediately excited to create the iconic Welsh portraits for Twr y Felin Hotel. Capturing an essence of Wales with a slightly sinister twist, the portraits are an excellent addition to the Nightmare Series – I hope visitors will enjoy them as much I have relished making them.”
Pure Evil has made eight spray-painted portraits commemorating Welsh icons such as Tom Jones, Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins and they will be on permanent display at the hotel.
They will join more than 100 pieces of art on display, including bespoke work inspired by the local landscape and heritage.
Twr y Felin Hotel dates to 1806 and was a working windmill, but has been converted to offer 19 guestrooms and two suites including one with an observatory in the original windmill tower.
Griffiths added: “We hope that the addition of a third unique luxury hotel with a strong sense of history, art and place will help to further invigorate the economy of St Davids and Pembrokeshire as a whole.”
Twr y Felin includes a restaurant called Blas – meaning ‘Taste’ in Welsh – where guests will dine surrounded by the art collection, as they will in the bar Cornel or a gallery lounge, Oriel.
The Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart said: “St Davids not only holds the title of Britain’s smallest city, but could also be considered to be the art capital of Wales. With a wealth of art galleries, heritage attractions, inspiring landscapes, and now, the addition of Wales’ first contemporary art hotel, there is great potential to attract visitors from far and wide to experience the area’s creative and unique offering.”
Rates at Twr y Felin Hotel start from £180 per night.