A Stately Manor Home in Wales: Llangoed Hall
A stay at Llangoed Hall, a former manor home in Wales should be on your bucket list! Manor homes let you step back into time and experience the grace and charm of a bygone era. No less can be said of Llangoed Hall, located in central Wales. It’s just nine miles west of the picturesque town Hay On Wye and provides a relaxing stay, superb service and delicious cuisine. I knew from the moment I arrived this is a place like no other.
Historical records indicate the existence of a castle on this spot since 560 AD. It was also said that this was the location of the first Welsh Parliament. Over the years Llangoed Hall was rebuilt into the classic Jacobean Manor House Style. Later it was lost in a gambling bout.
The manor home passed hands to several people before being purchased by Mrs. Archibald Christy who commissioned the famous Welsh architect Clough Williams Ellis to restore and redesign the house. He is best known for his Italianate village Portmerion in Northern Wales. Much of what we see today resulted from this redesign.
Sir Bernard Ashley, husband of famous fabric designer Laura Ashley, purchased the property in 1987 and restored the manor home to its former glory. In 1990, Llangoed Hall opened as a Luxury Country House Hotel. The hotel was sold in 2012 to its current owners and has undergone a complete refurbishment utilizing Laura Ashley fabrics.
As I entered this stately mansion, I noticed the grand staircase leading to the 23 bedrooms, all elegantly appointed using Laura Ashley’s designed fabrics. Each room’s décor is distinctively different with charming elements and original art work. The staff treat you like you are the owner from long ago, catering to your whims and wishes.
On the main floor we enjoyed the classically elegant surroundings while sipping cocktails in front of the fireplace. Original artwork from well known and lesser known artists grace the walls. But the highlight of the evening was our dining experience.
The presentation of our cuisine and the flavors pleased every palate. A feature of Llangoed Hall is high tea, a custom in Great Britain and an unforgettable afternoon repast complete with tea, scones, finger sandwiches and pastries
Llangoed Hall allows its visitors a break from the hectic everyday pace of life. It’s a destination unto itself, located in the valley of the River Wye. Its seventeen acres of gardens and parkland allow you to explore and connect with nature. You’ll also enjoy outstanding views of the Black Mountains.
If you’re looking for a unique experience where you can step back into time, but still have all the amenities of a modern hotel, then consider visiting Llangoed Hall. Our special connections will assure you that your stay will be a memorable one. Contact us today for more information on this lavish Country House Hotel.