Timeless Llangoed Hall Hotel Celebrates 25 Years
17 Apr 2015
• Set in spectacular scenery in the heart of the Welsh countryside, Llangoed Hall celebrates a quarter of a century of excellence
• The fabric of Llangoed Hall is firmly entwined with the famous Ashley family
• Local heroes – the fascinating history of Llangoed and influence of Welsh-born designer Laura Ashley and art-collector entrepreneur husband Sir Bernard Ashley
• Local flavours – celebrate award-winning cuisine with Welsh lamb, Wye salmon and laverbread at Llangoed Hall with rising chef Nick Brodie
Celebrating its 25th birthday on June 9, Llangoed Hall in the lush Wye Valley is an elegant Jacobean country house hotel set in 17 acres of landscaped grounds. Voted AA Hotel of the Year 2014 for Wales, Llangoed offers guests hearty local fare such as tender Welsh lamb and Wye salmon in the panelled dining room and afternoon tea with local laverbread in flower-filled public spaces. Breathtaking views look across the surrounding woodlands and fields to the Black Mountains.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Dating back to 560AD Llangoed Hall is believed to be the site of the first Welsh Parliament, known as the White Palace. By the late 1700s it had become a mansion owned by the MacNamara family, who won it in a card game. By the early 20th century the mansion was redesigned as a country house but fell into disrepair and lay unloved for many years. Years later, driving past the rundown property with her husband Bernard, designer Laura Ashley remarked on what a wonderful hotel it would make.
Born in Merthyr Tydfil, not far from the hotel, Laura Ashley had moved from London to Kent then back to her homeland to open the company’s first Welsh base in the former railway station in village of Carno in rural Mid Wales. She was later buried in the little church here, as is Sir Bernard.
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 his own impressive collection of art and antiques including works by James Whistler. His vision for Llangoed was of an indulgent Edwardian house-party style hotel complete with liveried staff to greet guests.
FOCUS ON FOOD
Today his legacy lives on with Llangoed Hall continuing to lure guests with its award-winning blend of charming rooms, outstanding cuisine and stunning surroundings. Led by Managing Director Calum Milne who worked at the hotel with Sir Bernard Ashley and later returned to transform the hotel following two years of administration, the hotel has gone from strength-to-strength. An extensive refurbishment was completed in 2013 and the grounds have continued to evolve with the addition of a maze and working kitchen garden. The emphasis on excellent food has also been elevated with several egg houses being added in the grounds – chicken, duck and quail. The AA awarded Llangoed Hall two notable fine dining accolades in 2014; Three Rosettes for food and Notable Wine List. Afternoon tea is served on bespoke 24k Gold Fine Bone China inspired by Laura Ashley featuring Roses & Butterflies. The crockery has been exclusively designed for Llangoed Hall by Caverswall with managing director Calum Milne’s input. The Fine Bone China is all made in England.
Explore the surrounding area on a short break to Mid-Wales and discover the River Usk, Tintern Abbey and Hay-on-Wye.
Set on the river of the same name, famed for its salmon fishing, Usk is barely ten miles from the M4 yet takes visitors back in time with its 11th century castle and selection of small independent shops, tearooms and pubs
With a lovely setting on the banks of the Wye Valley, dating back to the 12th century, Tintern Abbey is one of the finest and most complete abbey churches in Wales. It’s shell remains, the Gothic arches jutting into the skyline and it’s easy to see why Romantics such as JMW Turner and William Wordsworth rediscovered it during the 18th century, finding inspiration in its soaring archways and detail.
The literary market town of Hay-on-Wye, is famous as the town of books and for hosting the world famous Hay Festival of Literature & Arts from May 21 – 31 2015 (hayfestival.com). Fringed by the river Wye, the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons and the lush land of Herefordshire, the area surrounding Hay also offers fantastic routes for keen walkers, with two national trails – the Offa’s Dyke path, which follows the English/Welsh border and the Wye Valley trail passing through the town.
Two Night Anniversary Package
Accommodation, full afternoon tea on one afternoon, a 7 course tasting menu dinner on the other evening and a glass of welcome Champagne each in the room on arrival. From £600.00 based on two guests sharing. Excludes Hay Festival period.
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