One of the best country-house hotels in Britain, with numerous awards to prove it, Llangoed Hall has never felt better. Won by a previous owner in a card game, it was Sir Bernard Ashley, widower of Laura, who later bought and restored the Jacobean mansion – redesigned by Clough Williams-Ellis in 1912 – as a showcase for his wife’s fabrics and wallpapers. Today it is still managed by the excellent Calum Milne and filled with Sir Bernard’s furniture and fine collection of mainly early 20th-century British art. The bedrooms are particularly lovely, full of personal touches and pretty accessories, with views of the Wye Valley and Black Mountains. Dinner is a real treat, courtesy of head chef Nick Brodie: imaginative and intricately presented, yet rooted in local produce, much of it from his burgeoning kitchen garden, where there are also ducks, hens, quail, bees and even a maze. You can wander the hotel, playing snooker, admiring the paintings, tinkling on the piano and feeling thoroughly at home.
Doubles from £150
+44 (0)1874 754525; llangoedhall.com
The Brecon Beacons National Park in all its Glory
The hotels home grown produce
Books from the book capital of Hay on Wye
CLAIM TO FAME
The hotel’s famous multi- award-winning dedication to sustainability is
a talking point.
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