Responsible Travel at Wales’s Green Hotel
26 Jul 2017
- Kitchen gardens at Llangoed Hall deliver between 45% and 95% of fruit/vegetables
- Measures that have helped save over 54,000 litres of water each year
- Three egg houses (chicken, duck, quail) produce over 11,000 eggs each year
- Amount of energy per customer used down over 30% due to new technologies
- Llangoed Hall has been granted International Dark Sky Reserve Status
There has never been a more urgent need to travel more responsibly. Llangoed Hall set against the stunning backdrop of the Black Mountains and the Wye Valley in mid-Wales is Wales’s green hotel to stay at. Sustainability is at the heart of everything the hotel does across and beyond its seventeen acres.
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.
The hotel was recognised for its green initiatives and was awarded the Conde Nast Johansens ‘Best for Green Practices Award’ in 2016.
Llangoed Hall is also 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). An IDA is described as land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights. Llangoed Hall’s location in Brecon by the River Wye is perfect for stargazing. Guests can appreciate the natural night time environment at the Brecon Beacons IDSR which has been designated ‘Silver Tier’ level, signifying that while the skies above the park do see some effects from light pollution they are still remarkably dark, making it an excellent place to see the Milky Way and other night sky objects[i].
Throughout the day guests can also enjoy outstanding views of the Black Mountains and embark on various walks to explore this wonderful part of Wales. Using Llangoed Hall’s very own ‘Stroll Guide’, guests depart Llangoed Hall and then reach the long distance path that follows the route of the river. Along the path, walkers encounter several fields ideal for picnics. Walkers also pass traditional cottages and later arrive at a metal ‘kissing gate’. A narrow suspension bridge soon takes walkers on a long stroll along the stunning river.
For the more adventurous walker, the Black Mountains await! These red sandstone hills combine plenty of grass and rivers and form a natural border with Herefordshire, England. Ideal for long walks or longer hikes. The Black Mountains surround market towns with many ancient churches and local crafts.
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. Nick works with a selection of local suppliers including Morgans Family Butchers in Brecon, Swansea Fish and Vin Sullivan. Most ingredients in fact, 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’s restaurant goes from strength to strength. For the second year in a row, Llangoed Hall appeared in The Good Food Guide and more notably in the guide’s Top 50 Restaurants in the UK. The Top 50 recognises the very best talent in the country.
In 1987, Sir Bernard Ashley purchased Llangoed Hall converting it into a luxury hotel. Laura Ashley’s first ever garment is displayed at the hotel and one bedroom has Laura’s original wallpaper and furniture. Calum Milne, the hotel’s managing director has overseen the hotel’s refurbishment establishing it as Wales’s leading hotel and restaurant. He also unveiled the sustainability programme. Today, there are 23 bedrooms, each with their own individual style and personality.
Llangoed Hall minimizes its impact on the environment and invites all guests to interact with its sustainability programme.
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
Autumn Gold Break at Llangoed Hall
Throughout August, September, October and November celebrate the eco-friendly Llangoed Hall with a midweek break – Book 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast and get a 3rd night complimentary bed and breakfast. Priced from £550 saving £100
(Valid Sunday – Thursday, subject to availability, £50 per person per night dinner allowance, must be booked direct in the telephone 01874 754 525)