Celebrate the Welsh Countryside & Welsh Produce at award-winning Llangoed Hall
21 Mar 2016
• Discover the Wye Valley close to the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons
• Llangoed Hall’s award-winning food and wine menus showcase Welsh suppliers
• From the kitchen garden to the 3 AA Rosette restaurant in 2 minutes
• Llangoed Hall have reduced their Carbon Footprint by 138 Tonnes of CO2
• Pick up a book in Hay-on-Wye, a peaceful Welsh market town
Located in the heart of the Wye Valley in Wales, Llangoed Hall is one of the UK’s leading independent hotels. The hotel celebrates its location in the very Welsh county of Powys in three distinct ways. Firstly, the hotel works with local Welsh suppliers. Secondly, driving tourism to Wales: the hotel’s refurbishment and awards have driven visitors to the entire area. Finally, Llangoed Hall cares about the environment with its ambitious sustainability policy, which recently won an award.
Llangoed is a short drive away from the Brecon Beacons National Park (the Beacons were named after the ancient practice of lighting fires on mountains to warn of invaders). Here visitors will find some of the most dramatic landscape in the UK. Six main peaks dominate the skyline – the highest, Pen y Fan at 886m, is the tallest mountain in Snowdonia.
The area is also a great place for stargazing (granted International Dark Sky Reserve status). Back at the hotel, guests can view the stars with Llangoed’s house telescope.
Llangoed Hall is a Jacobean country house hotel once home to the Ashley family (Laura Ashley) set in 17 acres of landscaped grounds. Charming rooms with elegant décor are full of iconic fabrics and style reflecting the designer’s legacy. Breathtaking views look across the surrounding woodlands and fields to the Black Mountains.
Head Chef Nick Brodie takes inspiration from the hotel’s organic kitchen garden and works with a selection of local suppliers including Morgans Family Butchers Brecon, Swansea Fish and Vin Sullivan. Most ingredients in fact are sourced within a 5 mile radius. The hotel’s award-winning wine card even includes Welsh wine including the Ancre Hill Estates regional white wine, Monmouth and Ancre Hill Estates sparkling wine.
The AA recently awarded Llangoed Hall two notable fine dining accolades; 3 AA Rosettes for food and Notable Wine List. In addition, The Good Food Guide awarded Llangoed Hall a Top 50 UK restaurants listing whilst The Sunday Times awarded the hotel Wales’s leading dining destination.
In the winter, Llangoed Hall can grow 45% of the vegetables, soft fruits and herbs that they require. It is during the summer that the gardens truly come alive and the hotel enjoys some 95% sustainability meaning chefs can pick produce and have this delivered to the plate in 2 minutes preserving both flavour and freshness. Guests will also see three busy egg houses – Chicken, Duck and Quail, all here for their eggs, some 10,022 eggs were produced last year. At breakfast guests can select the type of eggs they prefer.
The hotel reuses cooking oil for producing fat balls for the bird feeder or for Bio-Diesel. Rainwater is captured to top up the duck pond (pictued), catching some 2178 litres of water. LED lights both internally and externally and low energy hairdryers and motion sensor taps and lights have allowed the hotel to reduce the amount of energy used per guest. In fact, since 2012 over 138 tonnes of CO2 per annum have been saved. The hotel’s sustainability policy encourages the team and guests to raise awareness and motivate change in behaviour to promote environmental best practice. After all, the countryside that surrounds Llangoed Hall is vital for residents and visitors and only together can they shape a sustainable future. The hotel was recognised for its work and was recently awarded the Conde Nast Johansens ‘Best for Green Practices Award’ 2016.
Only nine miles away, the market town of Hay-on-Wye is bookshop heaven (Jane Fonda, Sting and Lauren Bacall have all stayed at Llangoed Hall during the annual Hay Literary Festival in May). There are more than a million titles in this market town with almost every building bulging with bargains.
Discover more of Wales with Llangoed Hall this Spring.
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
‘Spring into Summer break’ from 1st March to 1st May includes a Cream Tea on arrival day, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast based on two people sharing priced £350.00 per room per night.