Festive Flavour & Country Pursuits in Mid-Wales
16 Oct 2014
-A magical traditional Christmas setting with luxurious Laura Ashley touches
-Relax over Twixmas amongst stunning scenery, enjoying exceptional Welsh food and service
-Celebrate New Year in style with fine dining, a Highland piper and fireworks
Make the Christmas period suitably merry with a stay at the award-winning Llangoed Hall, a sumptuous Jacobean country house hotel set in 17 acres of landscaped gardens in the stunning Wye Valley.
Steeped in colourful history, the renovated mansion built on the site of the first Welsh parliament was also once home to the Ashley family of fashion icon Laura Ashley. Naturally, interiors are charming with individually decorated rooms dressed in classic Laura Ashley fabrics and wallpapers with fresh flowers and a fine collection of art. Lavish bathrooms have deep baths and thick robes.
Elegant décor includes sparkling chandeliers, grandiose fireplaces, oak panelling and a baby grand piano. Breathtaking views look across the surrounding woodlands and fields to the Black Mountains making this the perfect Christmas retreat.
This is a true country house experience offering hearty regional fare such as asparagus and Welsh lamb, playful takes on seasonality, and, of course, traditional afternoon tea. Organic vegetables, herbs and fruit from the hotel’s gardens ensure food is fresh, seasonal and above all local. The free-range chickens, ducks and quails provide eggs used across all dishes in the award winning restaurant.
Christmas at Llangoed is a special time, setting the festive scene perfectly with crackling log fires, real Christmas trees and fine dining amongst the grandeur of the house and gardens. Blow the cobwebs away with country pursuits such as archery, fishing and walking the magnificent Wye Valley dotted with picture postcard villages and market towns. Flowing through all this spectacular scenery is the River Wye, one of Britain’s most scenic and unspoilt waterways.
The three-night Llangoed Christmas package costs from £750pp all-inclusive, based on two sharing, starting from 2pm on Christmas Eve with a cream tea served in the Great Hall and carols from the local Male Voice Choir. In the evening a champagne reception will be followed by a four-course dinner with the option of joining the local church congregation for midnight mass with mince pies and a glass of mulled wine to warm you on your return. Christmas Day brings a visit from Father Christmas, a bucks fizz reception with canapés before a six-course Christmas lunch including crab and Usk Turkey and Welsh artisan cheese plate.
Afternoon tea and mince pies are served later with a buffet dinner for guests with room for more. Boxing Day brings the hotel’s annual clay pigeon shooting competition with instructor on hand followed by winter Pimms and more mince pies to keep out the cold. Guests can take river walks or relax until tea and Christmas cake are served later in the afternoon before the hotel’s resident musician plays, and a buffet grill is offered in the evening. After dinner, casino tables will be in the Morning Room for those feeling lucky! The next day enjoy a full Welsh breakfast before departure.
Take the time to step back from a hectic Christmas before you see another year in amongst the peace and tranquillity of Llangoed Hall. Enjoy the festive setting and décor with its roaring log fires and decorations. Walk in the lovely grounds, the surrounding countryside or cosy up in front of the fire for a traditional afternoon tea. Attentive staff will make sure your stay is a truly relaxing one. Award-winning head chef Nick Brodie has devised a special December dinner and lunch menu showcasing the best of local, seasonal Welsh cuisine. Sample a mosaic of Welsh game with marinated duck Foie Gras; poached Llangoed hen’s egg with artichoke and duck pastrami and Usk Valley turkey with goose fat roast potatoes.
Double rooms from £150 per night with breakfast. Four-course lunch £32.50 per person including a glass of mulled wine on arrival, mince pies and crackers. Dinner costs £65 per person and includes five-courses with canapés, mince pies and crackers.
The two-night New Year package costs from £550pp all-inclusive and starts with a cream tea in front of a crackling log fire on January 31. The night begins with a Champagne reception followed by a black tie six-course dinner including oysters, Foie Gras and Welsh black beef wellington. Dance away the rest of the night – and the calories – at the in house disco.
As midnight strikes a Highland piper’s haunting melody will herald the New Year with more champagne and a spectacular fireworks display. New Year’s Day brings a clay pigeon shooting competition with a prize for the best shot, with warming mulled wine and mince pies. Welsh afternoon tea should take guests through to the evening with bucks fizz followed by a four-course dinner. A full Welsh breakfast the next day sees guests off with a hearty farewell.
Have a ‘ Nadolig Llawen’ at Llangoed Hall!
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