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Summer 2015
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Full circle
Landmark hotel makes way for house
by Tony Bellows

A slice of history vanishes as the Portelet Hotel is demolished to make way for a private house.

The hotel itself had been built on the site of a private house in the late 1920s by newcomers to the island George Andrew Seymour and his wife Mary, who went on to develop one of the island's largest hotel groups with their son George and his wife Ada.

By the 1930s, when it was advertised it as 'The best country hotel in Jersey', they had completed a second round of major redevelopment of the property and offered accommodation for 150 guests.

The advertising from the 1930s boasted "sea and landscape views from all rooms; electric light throughout; rooms with private baths (something taken for granted today); hot and cold water in all bedrooms; gas fires; multi-spring mattresses; bedside lights; a ballroom with maple floor; sun lounge; excellent cuisine; and a full licence' at what was described as “the most glorious position of any hotel in the Channel Islands."

"The proprietor makes a special feature of arranging Touring Parties from the Hotel twice a week to various beauty spots and Places of historical interest on the island. Charabancs and private cars call daily for excursion parties. There is also a good bus service to and from town. Trips arranged to France (St Malo, Dinard), Guernsey and Sark. Whist Drives, Bridge, Dances, Musical Evenings."

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