Destination Development

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Comment: Make the past your new beginning

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The refurbishment of a heritage hotel or the conversion of a much-loved historic property into a hotel takes a lot of thought, sensitivity and, ultimately, courage, says Maria Vafiadis, founder of MKV Design.

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