A FORMER holiday home of Joseph Rowntree and Joel Cadbury has become the centre piece of a Scarborough man’s new business venture.
Andy Wyatt has taken over the old Parmelia Hotel in West Street, and transformed it in to ‘luxury’ accommodation and a cafe.
The building dates back to the 1870’s when the famous Quakers and chocolatiers Joseph Rowntree and Joel Cadbury bought the property as a holiday home.
17 West Street, as the accommodation is now known, has undergone a complete renovation under its new owner.
Mr Wyatt, who took over the building in partnership with his parents Ian and Ann Wyatt, said: “The hotel used to have 15 bedrooms, but we have brought it back down to nine, taking the rooms back to their original size.
“I am really excited about the business. I had got sick of travelling with my job and decided I wanted to start my own business in Scarborough.
“The property became available and I thought it had great potential to be luxury accommodation.
“We have completely refurbished it and I’m really please with the outcome.”
Mr Wyatt said he plans to apply for public licence so he can serve drink and tapas in the cafe on an evening.
His parents are now strangers to the Scarborough business scene with his mother running Independent Home Living in Ramshill and his father a partner in Wyatt Hustler and Cook accountants.