From First Welsh Parliament to Luxury Green Hotel – Discover Llangoed Hall in Mid-Wales
9 Jan 2018
- A unique experience awaits visitors at Llangoed, once home to Wales’s parliament
- Llangoed Hall dates back to 560 AD and was formerly known as Llangoed Castle
- Sir Bernard Ashley transformed Llangoed and it features Laura Ashley influences
- Today a luxury green hotel with an award-winning 3 AA Rosette restaurant
Llangoed Hall is surrounded by almost 20 acres of its own stunning gardens leading to the River Wye in the heart of Mid-Wales. It wasn’t always a hotel and its history can still be felt throughout the property which is today one of the UK’s leading luxury hotels, home to 23 individually designed bedrooms and an award-winning restaurant. Llangoed Hall’s privileged location also makes it ideal for stargazing and all manner of outdoor activities.
Llangoed Hall was Clough Williams Ellis’ first major commission and predates Portmeirion, his renowned Italianate village in North Wales, by over a decade. Llangoed Hall was believed to have been the legendary White Palace, home of the first Welsh parliament. In 1987, Sir Bernard Ashley, bought the property and restored the Hall to its former glory. Although Laura Ashley never actually lived at Llangoed Hall her influence can be seen throughout. After her premature death, over 30 years ago, Bernard decided to buy Llangoed Hall in her memory, and its elegant décor reflects the designer’s legacy with charming rooms full of her flowery fabrics and style, family photographs and Sir Bernard’s own impressive collection of art and antiques including works by James Whistler. Laura Ashley’s first ever garment is displayed at the hotel and one bedroom has Laura’s original wallpaper and furniture. It opened in 1990 as a hotel but its rebirth took place in 2012 as one of the UK’s finest.
Managing Director Calum Milne has developed the hotel overseeing a major investment programme which has sensitively maintained many historic features including Sir Henry Williams’ Coat of Arms. Llangoed Hall has won many awards in the last few years and head chef Nick Brodie appeared on the BBC show Great British Menu.
It is the small details that make a difference at Llangoed Hall. The hotel is home to a large telescope which guests are encouraged to use after dark to stargaze. In 2013, the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) recognised the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales as the world’s fifth International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR). There is no reception desk here and an extensive honesty bar is available throughout the day.
Llangoed Hall’s innovative measures reduce its draw on energy whilst reducing water use and food miles. The hotel uses local produce, employs local people and reinvests in green practices all of the time. Llangoed Hall offers a greener way to holiday in the UK. Some of the hotel’s green initiatives and results include:
- Llangoed Hall can grow 45% of the vegetables, soft fruits and herbs that they require in winter. 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 11,000 eggs are produced each 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, 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.
There really is nowhere like Llangoed Hall which offers a unique ‘at home’ experience in the heart of Wales.
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