Discover the Picturesque Wye Valley. Stay at Wales’ Hotel & Restaurant of the Year 2014 – Llangoed Hall
19 Dec 2013
Located in the heart of Wales, the Wye Valley is a truly magical retreat away from it all. It is home to some of the most attractive, most scenic landscapes in the UK, and was established officially as an Area of Natural Beauty in 1971. The UK’s fifth longest river runs through the valley; the River Wye. A number of Welsh picture-postcard villages and historic market towns enhance the appeal of this location. The world-famous book town of Hay-on-Wye draws thousands of visitors each year during the popular literary festival. The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts runs for ten days over May and June every year.
This part of Wales is home to the vast and remarkable snow-topped Black Mountains which are visible throughout the valley. These mountains are the easternmost of the four ranges of hills that make up the rolling Brecon Beacons National Park. Walking, biking and horse riding can all be explored around the mountains.
The AA Hotel of the Year 2013/2014 in Wales is Llangoed Hall; the ideal base for exploring this part of the United Kingdom. Fully refurbished in 2013, the hotel boasts a unique location within 17 acres of parkland, organic fruit and vegetable gardens and a croquet lawn. The hotel’s grounds are also home to three egg houses – chicken, duck and quail. The 23 bedrooms, public areas and gardens all have their own history and story. Llangoed Hall was once known as Llangoed Castle and the building dates back to 1632. The hotel was formerly owned by Sir Bernard Ashley, husband of Laura Ashley and many of the family’s photographs and paintings are showcased throughout the hotel. Here guests will find the very first garment Laura Ashley ever made.
Guests will also dine in a spectacular setting in the award winning restaurant overlooking the grounds. Llangoed Hall won ‘Best Restaurant 2014’ at the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence and head chef Nick Brodie has created a selection of menus that celebrate Welsh cuisine using local produce throughout. Dishes include Welsh Black Beef and local Radnorshire Lamb, all flavoured with herbs picked from the hotel’s organic kitchen gardens. Two dinner menus offer guests the ultimate experience; a 5 Course Dinner draws on local seasonal produce and a Tasting Dinner is paired throughout with a selection of carefully chosen wines.
At the helm of the operations is Managing Director Calum Milne who has overseen the refurbishment programme whilst investing in the training of staff to ensure 5 star service. Calum is an important figure in Welsh tourism and was appointed as an ambassador of the Cambrian Mountains Initiative, due to Llangoed Hall’s contribution to the overall sustainability of this unique region of Wales. The Cambrian Mountains Initiative was inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales who, as its President, wishes to sustain traditional upland farms, rural communities and the natural environment.
Discover this unique part of Wales before turning into Llangoed Hall’s sweeping driveway to discover Wales’ award winning hotel and restaurant.
Llangoed Hall, Llyswen, Brecon, Powys LD3 0YP 01874 754525 Twitter@ TheLlangoedHall