Interior designer and B&B owner Janey Evers explains why she is now proud to call this gorgeous Pembrokeshire town home
Where are you from?
I’m originally from Walsall in the West Midlands but have spent most of my life in Clapham Common, London. I now live just outside Tenby with my brother.
What prompted you to relocate?
I was becoming disillusioned with London – it was too busy and expensive – and when the 2008 financial crash happened, that was the final push as some of my clients were cancelling projects. So I thought I would sell up and do my own project.
What is it that you love about Tenby?
It’s not just Tenby but Pembrokeshire as a whole. It’s such a stunning part of Wales with so many glorious beaches and coastal path walks. What’s not to love?
Describe your house
It was quite a rundown 1970s bungalow but it had a veranda (which I have always loved), it was only two miles from Tenby, had a sea view on a good day, planning permission to double the size and a caravan thrown in. For me it was a no-brainer to live on site, project manage the build and design the interior.
Did the move affect your business?
I knew it would take time for my interiors business to become known in the area and a lot of networking so I always had the plan to make two rooms in the house into B&B rooms. I found joining Biznet Wales breakfast club very helpful. I also found the most fantastic curtain-making company down here in Pembrokeshire. This was a great asset for my business. After seven years my interiors business is starting to get recognised. I’ve been lucky in the past 12 months to secure a contract with Cadw to design and refurbish two cottage properties and have been commissioned to redesign a restaurant in Saundersfoot. I also have two interesting residential projects – a Georgian Vicarage and a large modern new build.
How did you come to set up a B&B?
I built this property in 2010 and at that time there was not a lot of holiday accommodation that bridged that gap between expensive hotels and cheap B&Bs, so I designed the rooms to be spacious and luxurious with good-quality showers and products and stylishly designed, mixing antique and contemporary style. I thought it was important that the ground-floor room was accessible for people with mobility difficulties as well, so by creating the en-suite with a walk-in shower and grab handles I designed a room that did not have a clinical look about it. In 2014 I won Pembrokeshire Tourism’s award for the best accommodation under 12 rooms. Since last year we have built an eco garden cabin next to the house with a luxuriously decorated style.
Do you have a favourite place to shop?
Narberth is a little gem. All the shops are independently owned, there are great cafes and restaurants, antique shops abound and there is good parking. This is a great example of how small towns can defy the huge retail parks.
Where do you go for a drink or a meal?
Ultracomida in Narberth – a small but wonderful Spanish deli at the front and tapas restaurant at the back with large tables everyone shares. In Tenby, the Plantagenet restaurant in one of the most historic buildings in the town – full of atmosphere, delicious food and great staff.
How would you describe Tenby?
It’s the jewel in the crown of Pembrokeshire. A charming historic town, pretty buildings, three beautiful sandy beaches and some really good restaurants and cafes. There is something for all ages. I feel privileged to call the town home.
- Janey Evers Interiors. Tel: 07710 273211. www.janeyeversinteriors.co.uk
- Gower View Bed and Breakfast. Tel: 01834 844974. www.gowerviewtenby.co.uk
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