A Feast for the Senses at Llangoed Hall – Art, Fashion & Food
21 Sep 2015
• Award-winning Llangoed Hall offers a unique country house experience combining extensive art collections, Laura Ashley’s first garment and fine Welsh cuisine
• Llangoed Hall recognised by The Good Food Guide 2016 as one of the best in the country and in ‘Top 50 Restaurants’ based on editor appraisal and reader feedback
• Local heroes; admire Sir Bernard Ashley’s art collection and Laura Ashley’s personal photographs and designs and interiors including her original wallpaper
Deep in the lush Wye Valley in mid-Wales, Llangoed Hall is a classically restored Jacobean country house hotel set in 17 acres of landscaped grounds. Breathtaking views look across the surrounding woodlands and fields to the Black Mountains. Laura Ashley’s husband Sir Bernard bought Llangoed Hall in her memory, ensuring the elegant décor is full of iconic fabrics and style reflecting the designer’s legacy and her vision to turn this former castle into a sumptuous Edwardian hotel. This has been achieved with numerous awards and global recognition.
At Llangoed Hall, guests can discover fine dining through imaginative seasonal, local dishes; the fashions and fabrics of Laura Ashley and the art collection of former-owner Sir Bernard Ashley. This is more than just another hotel but an experience for the senses.
Food – Very best talent in the country
This is an indulgent country house experience. Voted AA Hotel of the Year 2014 and now included in The Good Food Guide 2016 Top 50 Restaurants, Llangoed offers guests exquisite dishes based on hearty local produce such as tender Welsh lamb and Wye salmon amongst the exquisite surroundings of the panelled three AA Rosette-awarded restaurant.
Head Chef Nick Brodie takes inspiration from the hotel’s organic kitchen garden exemplified by a tartare of Welsh Black Beef using wild mushrooms and pine tree powder foraged from the grounds. His dishes combine fresh local ingredients with fruit and vegetables from the grounds. Chickens, ducks and quails provide eggs and the smokehouse on site adds a new dimension to dishes. Guests too can interact with produce in the vast gardens and explore what may appear on the evening’s menu.
Unusually for a country house hotel, Llangoed even offers non-meat eaters a special five-course vegetarian tasting menu including mushroom fricassee with soft polenta and salt-baked pear and scorched leek with Llangoed egg mimosa, brown butter, artichoke and parsley.
Traditional afternoon tea is part of the quintessential country house experience and at Llangoed this is given a personal twist. The Laura Ashley Afternoon Tea includes a glass of Elderflower Champagne, a selection of floral teas, finger sandwiches, scones and various cakes all served on bespoke Caverswall crockery inspired by Laura Ashley’s design style.
Art – Unique and diverse art collection
So impressive is Sir Bernard Ashley’s private collection of art including paintings, drawings and works of fine art that it is in huge demand from many curators seeking to display it in their art galleries.
Sir Bernard’s personal collection includes magnificent original antiques, sketches by the American-born artist and society wit, James McNeil Whistler and works by Herman Dudley Murphy and Augustus John. Adding interest and character to the hotel, guests at Llangoed can browse the collection at anytime during their stay.
Fashion – Global recognition by Welsh born designer Laura Ashley
Although Laura Ashley never actually lived at Llangoed Hall her influence can be seen throughout. After her premature death, 30 years ago in 1985, husband Sir Bernard Ashley individually styled and decorated the 23 rooms with antiques, floral fabrics and heavily patterned wallpapers – some with original Laura Ashley wallpaper. A refurbishment maintained all these original features and celebrated them further by preserving treasured interiors.
Treasured framed photographs of the Ashley family through the years are dotted around the hotel along with iconic design moments such as black and white campaign photographs from the 1970s. These historical memorabilia serve to create both an elegant home-from-home atmosphere and informal exhibition for guests to enjoy at their leisure.
Managing Director Calum Milne, who worked with Sir Bernard Ashley, and then returned to refurbish and re-launch the hotel, has maintained and developed a wonderful story for guests to discover.
Autumn Gold Package
Llangoed Hall’s Autumn Gold Package is priced from £350 for a one-night stay in a State Room including full Welsh breakfast, cream tea for two on arrival and a dinner allocation of £50 per person per night. Based on two sharing, offer available until 30th November 2015.
Llangoed Hall, Llyswen, Brecon, Powys LD3 0YP 01874 754525 Twitter@ TheLlangoedHall
A night at Llangoed Hall is priced from £150.00 B&B based on two sharing