Luxury in the heart of Wales at Llangoed Hall
10 Nov 2017
- 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
- Managing Director Calum Milne has fused green initiatives and luxury elements
- Head Chef Nick Brodie recently appeared on the BBC’s Great British Menu
Llangoed Hall is Wales’s leading luxury hotel located in the heart of the Wye Valley. 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.
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.
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.
Managing Director Calum Milne has seen Llangoed Hall transform first whilst working with Sir Bernard and later part of the team who acquired the hotel and restored to become Wales’s leading luxury hotel. Awards flooded in and along the way Calum recognised the responsibility to the environment and he unveiled a green sustainable policy. 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 was recognised for its green initiatives and was awarded the Conde Nast Johansens ‘Best for Green Practices Award’ in 2016.
Nick Brodie, Llangoed Hall’s award-winning Head Chef has continued to fly the culinary flag for Wales. He recently appeared on the BBC Great British Menu where he celebrated Welsh cuisine. Most ingredients 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. Llangoed Hall appears in The Good Food Guide and more notably it has appeared in the guide’s Top 50 Restaurants in the UK.
Discover the idyllic backdrop of the Black Mountains and the Wye Valley this winter with a stay at Wales’s leading luxury hotel.
Llangoed Hall, Llyswen, Brecon, Powys LD3 0YP 01874 754525 Twitter@ TheLlangoedHall
A night at Llangoed Hall is priced from £150 B&B based on two sharing