This site, set against the backdrop of the Black Mountains, has played host to a number of distinguished buildings over the centuries, including, it's thought, the home of the first Welsh Parliament. The house as it now stands, dates from the 1600's, but was completely restored and largely redesigned during the early 1900's by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, who later went on to built Portmeirion, the renowned Italianate village in North Wales. Sir Bernard Ashley (of Laura Ashley fame) bought the hotel in 1987 and masterminded the hall's restoration to its former Edwardian splendour. Many of the fabrics used in the hotel are made by his company Elanbach, based in the grounds.
The Great Hall and other public rooms boast open fires, original paintings, large sofas and some fine antiques. The sweeping staircase leads up to the luxurious bedrooms, each individually-decorated. All have all the expected modern facilities including flat screen TV's and Wi-Fi access. There are nice extra touches, such as complimentary Welsh Spring Water and bowls of fruit.
Luxurious bathrooms with hand-held showers and huge towels retain something of the old-fashioned quality - even the tubs fill at a leisurely pace.
They are particularly-proud of their Welsh breakfasts, when the likes of Glamorgan sausages and English muffins with smoked salmon are on offer.
A marvellous backdrop in which to get married, when marques etc. blend in nicely with the historic surroundings. No child under 8 are catered for.
Nearby: Maze in Garden; Clay Pigeon Shooting; Fishing; Walking
- Pleasantly Situated
- Dogs by Arrangement
- Free Parking
- Ideal for Businesses
- Number of rooms: 23
- Rooms, ensuite: 23
- Price (single room): from £160
- Price (double room): from £210
- Prices include breakfast
- Room Service: All Day
- Banqueting, sit down, max: 30
- Conference, Theatre-style, max: 80
- Licensed for Civil Weddings