Wales’s Fine Art Hotel
7 Mar 2017
- Llangoed Hall is home to fine art by James McNeil Whistler, Herman Dudley Murphy and Augustus John
- Laura Ashley’s first ever garment is displayed at Llangoed along with original pieces
- Bespoke Caverswall Crockery hand painted with exclusive Llangoed design
- Art on a plate with award-winning food by Nick Brodie using local Welsh produce
Llangoed Hall is nestled in seventeen acres of beautiful gardens and parkland in Brecon, Wales. The hotel isn’t a typical hotel. There is no reception desk and guests can enjoy an honesty bar whenever they like. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) recognised the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales as the world’s fifth International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR) and guests can stargaze at this hotel with a telescope. To further enhance these unique experiences at Llangoed Hall, a fine art collection is exhibited throughout the hotel.
Former owner Sir Bernard Ashley’s private collection of art includes paintings, drawings and works of fine art displayed across the hotel. Sir Bernard’s personal collection includes magnificent original antiques, sketches by the American-born artist and society wit, James McNeil Whistler and works by Herman Dudley Murphy and Augustus John. Adding interest and character to the hotel, guests at Llangoed can browse the collection at anytime during their stay. Other artists whose works are on display include John Robertson Reid, Harry Van Der Weyden, Charles Hodge Mackie and James Bolivar Manson.
Portrait of a Young Girl in a Large Hat (Augustus John)
Although Laura Ashley never actually lived at Llangoed Hall her influence can be seen throughout. After her premature death in 1985, husband Sir Bernard Ashley individually styled and decorated the 23 rooms with antiques, floral fabrics and heavily patterned wallpapers – some with original Laura Ashley wallpaper. A refurbishment maintained all these original features and celebrated them further by preserving treasured interiors.
Framed photographs of the Ashley family through the years are dotted around the hotel along with iconic design moments such as black and white campaign photographs from the 1970s. These historical memorabilia serve to create both an elegant home-from-home atmosphere and an informal exhibition for guests to enjoy at their leisure. Laura Ashley’s first ever garment, an apron, is framed and on display at Llangoed Hall.
A bespoke crockery collection featuring roses & butterflies was exclusively designed for Llangoed Hall by Caverswall. The Fine Bone China is all made in England.
Managing Director Calum Milne, who worked with Sir Bernard Ashley, and then returned to refurbish and re-launch the hotel, has maintained and developed a wonderful story for guests to discover.
Nick Brodie, Llangoed Hall’s award-winning Head Chef has continued to fly the culinary flag for Wales. Most ingredients are sourced within a 5 mile radius with many vegetables, fruits and eggs coming directly from the hotel’s own gardens. 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 hotel currently holds 3 AA Rosettes and has also received recognition for its wine card.
The art at Llangoed Hall is representative of the ‘country house era’ and perfectly complements the overall experience of a stay here.
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