Within days of being married in April 1972, Martin and Janette Bland purchased an empty convalescent home in the seaside town of Llandudno, in north Wales.
Over the course of the next 6 weeks and just in time for Whitsun the convalescent home became the St. Tudno Hotel and opened for trade on the Saturday of the May Spring Bank Holiday.
Everything was touch and go with the dining chairs arriving by courier just two hours before the first meal was served. Although not connected by telephone or having had previous guests - and despite not being in any guidebook - every room was filled that first memorable holiday weekend.
For the hotel's first 10 years, Martin Bland did virtually all the cooking (full board in those days), and the hotel earned an enviable reputation for good, honest food. During that first decade, the guest bedrooms were all redesigned and furnished to the highest standard, including full en-suite facilities. Guest comfort and relaxation was then - and remains so today - a St Tudno priority.
By the early 1980's, the hotel was open year round, with a new Terrace Restaurant, Bar Lounge, Sitting Room, Reception and Coffee Lounge. Then the awards started to come and the hotel and restaurant has been consistently recognised for its unique ambiance, superb food and drink - and exceptional guest services.
The Blands' three daughters (Clare, Lisa and Caroline) have all worked in the hotel - and been the recipients of their parent's dedication to diligence, commitment and customer care - which has helped them in pursuing their personal careers.
Janette Bland died in July 2005, and she is sorely missed. However, Martin Bland continues to uphold the unique traditions and ambiance of St Tudno - and, despite the hotel now celebrating its 40th year, he has no thoughts of retiring!