Tucked away in the enchanted Wye Valley, surrounded by the rolling hills, is Llangoed Hall – a magnificent country hotel.
If you’re looking for a retreat away from urban hardships, then this stately home, nestled in the Welsh countryside, is the place to be.
Llangoed Hall is a charming Edwardian manor, festooned in Laura Ashley décor, as the property was once owned by the late Sir Bernard Ashley, widower of the iconic British designer.
The motto for Powys – the county that Llangoed Hall resides in – is: ‘Powys – the paradise of Wales’ and with a classic countryside backdrop providing the ultimate feeling of escape, it seems an apt name to us. To the front of the property, a woodland hillside hugs the tranquil River Wye, which meanders its way through the fields that back on to the house. With a croquet court on the lawn, you’d be hard pushed to find a more quintessentially British scene in the height of summer.
Next to the lawn you’ll find Llangoed gardens, which flourish from spring onwards, and here chickens and ducks roam free and and lay their eggs, fresh for your breakfast. On that matter, the lavish breakfast is something special indeed; if you’re feeling particularly naughty then you can even treat yourself to duck eggs and laverbread for an exquisite Welsh twist. After breakfast, pop into the neighboring Whistler Room for a private view of the work of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, the renowned British-based artist, whose sentimental and delicate paintings are displayed especially for Llangoed Hall guests.
Llangoed Hall is perfectly placed if you wish to venture into the Brecon Beacons and you’re only a short drive from some of the most spectacular views in Britain. After a day’s walking, why not treat yourself to some fine-dining in the hotel’s restaurant? It’s a comforting thought to know that the food you’re eating has come straight from the garden, and it’s even more comforting to sample the tender duck or the mouthwatering pork. Finish off your meal with some local Welsh cheeses for a true taste of the countryside.
After dinner, retire to the living areas where you’ll find ornate furniture with traditional Edwardian features and plenty of cosy spots where you can nurse a Penderyn whisky in front of a roaring fire. During summer, take advantage of the long twilight evenings and wander around the grounds to take in the splendour of your surroundings. At the end of a long day, sink into a luxurious double bed – a four poster in some cases – and in the morning you can draw the curtains back wide and enjoy the pleasant views from your bedroom window. The perfect start to any day.
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