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April 21, 2005

Shane to Turn Welsh Mansion into School

Shane Lipscombe, president of Shane English School and CEO of The Saxoncourt Group, has bought a mansion in Wales and plans to turn it into an English study center for Japanese students. Several British celebrities were linked to the sale of the house last year, including Virgin chief Richard Branson, but it was bought by Lipscombe for £1.25 million. Nanteos, located in Rhydyfelin, is a grade-1 Georgian period mansion. Asked about why he chose a location in Wales, he said, "Students coming here will do so to learn English but we also hope that we can add some Welsh experience to that. We are still looking at how we can incorporate this but we are keen to teach Welsh culture, history, dance, cuisine, and I don't really know what, we'll see what appeals to the students."

The house is currently operating as a hotel, and this business will continue, with Lipscombe's wife Carolyn working with the estate manager. "We realise Nanteos is very much part of the culture here and we feel a huge responsibility for it. We want people to know that we are here for the long term and we want to restore it to its former glory. It's a big project to fix the place up but we want to do it," she said. Her husband added, "We hope we can bring a lot to the community, not just by bringing students here but also by creating career opportunities for local people. We always need people to teach English TEFL courses and we can train people to do that. And because we have schools all over the world, we can also send people abroad to teach, giving people them both the opportunity to travel and a career opportunity."

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