I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2020 launched on Sunday. But things are “a bit different” this year: it’s in Wales. So, where are comedian presenters Ant and Dec staying in Wales?
Usually, the reality TV show takes place in Australia, with contestants undertaking their Bushtucker Trials around Springbook National Park, New South Wales.
However, due to complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic, ITV transplanted the show into the Welsh countryside.
I’m A Celebrity moves to Abergele
The hit reality TV show kicked off again on Sunday. This year’s edition boasts a run of high profile Brits including Family Fortunes presenter Vernon Kay, Olympic gold medallist Sir Mo Farah and broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire.
Episode 1 has already got people talking: meltdowns, tantrums, vomiting and, of course, the inimitable Ant and Dec. Importantly though, it still feels like I’m A Celebrity.
Its new location, Gwrych Castle, sits on the north coast of Wales overlooking the Irish Sea. ITV’s director of entertainment Richard Cowles pointed out that the “celebrities will probably have to swap shorts for thermals”.
Where are Ant and Dec staying in Wales?
- Ant and Dec will reportedly stay at Bodysgallen Hall & Spa in nearby Llandudno. Bodysgallen Hall is a National Trust-owned country house sporting four and a half stars, set in 200 acres of wooded parkland.
Anthony “Ant” McPartlin had time to stop for a few neighbourhood selfies while out exploring Conwy ahead of production. This led to rumours about where the presenter duo would be staying.
Ant and Dec usually stay in the glamorous Palazzo Versace hotel on Australia’s Gold Coast. However, ITV confirmed in August that the location of the show would change this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While the Palazzo Versace may beat Bodysgallen by half a star, the Welsh stately home has its perks, including panoramic views of Conwy Castle and unique rooms furnished with antiques.
According to The Times, Bodysgallen Hall serves “one of the top 10 afternoon teas in the UK”. And, at £27.50 per person, it’s cheaper than the Ritz.
The stately home has 31 rooms and suites, with stunning views overlooking the gardens and surrounding parklands. The “Vaughan Suite” even has a queen-size four-poster bed.