Celebrate British Design At The UK’s Finest Designer Hotel – Llangoed Hall
2 Aug 2013
Once home to Laura Ashley, the label celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2013 – Special Afternoon Tea Unveiled
Laura Ashley gave the fashion world a certain British style focusing on nostalgia for times gone by. In 2013, her label celebrates its 60th anniversary and where better to celebrate than at the Ashley family’s former home, which is today a luxury refurbished country house hotel in the heart of Wales – Llangoed Hall.
Nestled in the Wye Valley, Llangoed Hall Hotel showcases a selection of fabrics, furniture, pictures and artefacts all belonging to and designed by Laura Ashley herself. The hotel has had a refurbishment making it one of the United Kingdom’s finest destinations. Certainly the finest to sample the life of one of British fashion’s best known names. 2013 also sees the first major retrospective of Laura Ashley’s work at the Fashion Museum in Bath before moving to The Bowes Museum in County Durham. The country is alive with affection for Laura Ashley.
Each of the 23 luxury and spacious bedrooms offers views of the surrounding Welsh countryside and feature elements of design by Laura Ashley. One bedroom features the original Laura Ashley wallpaper which has stood the test of time still looking immaculate in 2013. As guests walk around what could be a museum, they discover a totally unique piece on the top floor; Laura Ashley’s first ever garment hanging in a glass case. The individual style of each bedroom complements the beauty and tranquillity of the unspoilt outdoors. Whilst indoors at Llangoed, visitors are transported on a journey of discovery in what feels like a home from home with family photos of the Ashley family and other furniture by Laura Ashley throughout the hotel. A magnificent Drawing Room features glistening chandeliers and a grandiose fireplace, the ideal place to enjoy afternoon tea. An oak-panelled Library is located in the oldest part of the building dating back to 1632 and featuring the original ‘castle’ door. Guests can also relax in The Morning Room where a baby grand piano sits.
The journey continues with the vast art collection which is dispersed throughout Llangoed Hall. Adorning the walls are truly outstanding collections of paintings, drawings and various pieces of fine art including artists such as Whistler, Herman Dudley Murphy and James Cowie.
Welsh cuisine is celebrated at Llangoed Hall. Leading a team of seven chefs, award winning head chef; Nick Brodie, has devised a selection of menus highlighting the vast wonderful Welsh produce. Nick is a fan of local produce and Llangoed Hall is also home to an organic kitchen garden which delivers a selection of fruit, vegetables and herbs throughout the year.
Between September & December guests can celebrate the Laura Ashley story over a dedicated afternoon tea inspired by her designs which started in Wales. This tea includes a glass of Elderflower Champagne, a selection of floral teas, finger sandwiches, scones and various cakes all served on Bespoke 24k Gold Crockery inspired by Laura Ashley featuring Roses & Butterflies. The crockery has been exclusively designed for Llangoed Hall by Caverswall. The Fine Bone China is all made in England. The tea is priced £23.00 per person. For those looking for a unique cocktail before dinner, guests can also order the Elderflower Champagne as a refreshing aperitif.
Llangoed Hall is all about that ‘At Home’ feeling and is no ordinary hotel. There is no reception desk, guests can enjoy an honesty bar 24 hours per day and you will only ever see fellow guests and local sheep meaning you won’t be disturbed by any noise. Add to that a truly unique surrounding influenced by one of the most celebrated British designers and a break here will be one of your most memorable.
Get your best outfits on and head to Llangoed Hall and celebrate the best of British design.
Llangoed Hall, Llyswen, Brecon, Powys LD3 0YP 01874 754525 Twitter@LlangoedHall1
A stay at Llangoed Hall is priced from £150.00 per room based on two sharing and is inclusive of breakfast and Wi-Fi.