Saturday, 8 January 2011

An Attract client's connection with King George VI and Colin Firth

The Clochfaen
The story of stammering British ruler George VI ruled at the Academy Awards this year , with "The King's Speech" winning Best Picture and taking Oscars for Best Actor Colin Firth, Best Director Tom Hooper and Best Original Screenplay for David Seidler.
The film tells the story of King George VI, played by Colin Firth,  his efforts to overcome his speech impediment with the aid of therapist Lionel Logue and his ascension to the throne following the abdication of his brother Edward VIII.

As the young Prince Albert, Duke of York or Bertie as he was known. served at the Battle of Jutland sometimes called “the greatest sea battle of all times” Yet illness dogged Prince Albert throughout the War, and in 1917 he spent three weeks convalescing at the Clochfaen, an Arts & Crafts country house then the centre of an estate of some 5,000 acres, in the upper Wye Valley on the edge of the village of Llangurig, near Llanidloes, Powys. See the full story at the BBC Wales site
The Clochfaen now set in some 20 acres, but with sporting rights over much of the original estate is owned by Kevin Hughes and James Stirk and the main house - Clochfaen - provides self catering accommodation for parties of up 18 people with access to to fly fishing and rough shooting in season. In addition there is a bed and breakfast business and two self catering cottages.

In late 2009 Attract worked with the owners of the Clochfaen on a marketing and business development plan for the houses and cottages focussing on generating more bookings through a variety of marketing interventions and channels.

For more information on the Clochfaen and how to stay there click here and for full details of The King's Speech and Colin Firth click here

Colin Firth in The King's Speech (copyright acknowledged to the copyright holder)