If Walls Could Talk: From Castle to Leading Award-Winning Welsh Hotel
16 May 2016
- 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
- Award-winning hotel includes 3 AA Rosettes and AA Hotel of the Year, Wales
- Green Credentials having won Conde Nast Johansens ‘Best for Green Practices Award’ 2016 and nomination for ‘Sustainable Business Award’ at The Cateys 2016
Llangoed Hall was Clough Williams Ellis’ first major commission and predates Portmeirion, his renowned Italianate village in North Wales, by over a decade. The celebrated Welsh architect stated that there appeared to be a house on the site since 560 AD. Formerly known as Llangoed Castle, it was later largely rebuilt in 1632 by Sir Henry Williams in the classic Jacobean Manor House style. Clough Williams Ellis was commissioned by Mrs Archibald Christy, the wife of the prominent London hatter. Clough Williams Ellis restored and largely redesigned the house. The present building was completed in 1919.
By the early 1970’s Llangoed was in danger of demolition. In 1987, Sir Bernard Ashley, founder of Elanbach 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, 30 years ago in 1985, 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. Today, there are 23 bedrooms, each with an individual style.
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. Breathtaking views look across the surrounding woodlands and fields to the Black Mountains.
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. Head chef Nick Brodie can often be found in the vast kitchen garden picking seasonal produce. 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 11,000 eggs were produced last year. At breakfast guests can select the type of eggs they prefer.
The hotel was recognised for its work and was recently awarded the Conde Nast Johansens ‘Best for Green Practices Award’ 2016. Llangoed Hall is also nominated for ‘Sustainable Business Award’ at the Cateys 2016, awards which recognise businesses shaping the hospitality industry.
Managing Director Calum Milne has overseen a major investment programme at Llangoed Hall which has sensitively maintained many historic features including Sir Henry Williams’ Coast of Arms. Llangoed Hall has won many awards in the last few years and is now a member of Relais & Chateaux.
Discover the idyllic backdrop of the Black Mountains and the Wye Valley this summer with a stay at one of Wales’s most historic hotels.
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