The Great Outdoors at Llangoed Hall
12 Apr 2017
- Explore nature trails by day and stargaze at night
- Stay at award-winning Llangoed Hall recognised by The Good Food Guide 2017 as one of the Top 50 in the UK
- Escape the crowds and discover Mid-Wales by the Black Mountains and Wye Valley
- Visit a Lavender Farm 1100 feet high in the Welsh hills
Discover 17 acres at Llangoed Hall
Llangoed Hall invites guests to engage with the outdoors throughout their stays in mid-Wales. Guests will also see three busy egg houses in the grounds – Chicken, Duck and Quail, all here for their eggs, some 12,000 eggs were produced last year. At breakfast guests can select the type of eggs they prefer.
Wye Valley Walking
Using Llangoed Hall’s very own ‘Stroll Guide’, 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.
These red sandstone hills combine plenty of grass and rivers and form a natural border with Herefordshire, England. Ideal for both short walks or longer hikes. The Black Mountains surround market towns with many ancient churches and local crafts.
Llangoed Hall is located in a privileged location in the heart of Wales. Nestled in the Wye Valley, this Jacobean manor house forms the perfect backdrop for exploring the Wye Valley. Llangoed Hall’s seventeen acres of gardens and parkland will keep visitors busy by day exploring.
Llangoed Hall’s 23 bedrooms all have beautiful views of the surrounding Welsh countryside. This isn’t a typical hotel. There is no reception desk and guests can enjoy an honesty bar whenever they like. Llangoed Hall has its own sustainability policy.
Llangoed Hall is keen for guests to witness its green initiatives with each bedroom containing further information. But guests need not spend too much time reading as the green initiatives are all around to witness.
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.
Stargazing at Llangoed Hall
By night, guests at the hotel are encouraged to once again head outside, this time to stargaze using the hotel’s telescope. 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). The Black Mountains appear as a backdrop whilst the River Usk runs at the back of the hotel, both providing perfect walking routes.
A Croquet Lawn at the back of Llangoed Hall can be enjoyed by all with the option to take afternoon tea outside on the terrace.
FARMERS’ Welsh Lavender Farm
Just a 10 minute drive from Llangoed Hall high in the Welsh hills is a unique Lavender Farm. Call in at the farm to learn how essential oil is distilled, enjoy the stunning views, try the creams and balms and visit the shop. The peak time to see lavender in bloom is late July and early August. Owner Nancy Durham can often be found packaging up products which are distributed across the world or picking lavender in the summer months, call ahead to meet her and to enjoy a tour.
Brecon Beacons – Pen y Fan
Walkers can enjoy the tallest peaks in southern Britain; tall, proud mountains with clear easy paths and summits of grass. Mountain-bikers know it for trail-riding beneath big skies. Walkers must head to Pen y Fan the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons National Park with the most impressive views.
Under Head Chef Nick Brodie, Llangoed Hall’s restaurant goes from strength to strength. Last year and 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. The restaurant has been awarded 3 AA Rosettes.
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.
Make the Welsh outdoors a must visit this summertime staying 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
Taste of Llangoed Hall and Stargazing Break
Stay at Llangoed Hall with afternoon tea on day of arrival followed by dinner and then use of the telescope to stargaze and breakfast the next day. From £250.00 per room per night based on two sharing (includes £50 allocation for dinner per person)
Valid throughout July and August and subject to availability