Llangoed Hall have announced the appointment of Sergio Martinez-Rios as General Manager. Sergio has re-joined the Interesting Hotels Group having spent time in well recognised properties including Gidleigh Park, Sat Bains, Restaurant 56 and Bowood House.
Calum Milne has now left Llangoed Hall to pursue other interests outside the Interesting Hotels Group.
Llangoed Hall is home to 23 bedrooms and is located in the heart of the Wye Valley surrounded by the Black Mountains. Shortly after Interesting Hotels acquired Llangoed Hall, the AA went on to award Llangoed Hall Hotel of the Year 2013/2014 Wales. At the same time, the hotel was also awarded the AA Inspectors’ Choice with 4 Red Stars. Nick Brodie, Llangoed Hall’s Head Chef oversees the 3 AA Rosette restaurant and under him Llangoed Hall have appeared in The Good Food Guide in the guide’s Top 50 Restaurants in the UK.
In 1987, Sir Bernard Ashley bought the property and restored the Hall to its former glory. Although Laura Ashley never actually lived at Llangoed Hall her influence can be seen throughout. After her premature death, over 30 years ago in 1985, Bernard decided to buy Llangoed Hall in her memory, and its elegant décor reflects the designer’s legacy with charming rooms full of her flowery fabrics and style, family photographs and Sir Bernard’s own impressive collection of art and antiques including works by James Whistler. Laura Ashley’s first ever garment is displayed at the hotel and one bedroom has Laura’s original wallpaper and furniture.
It is the small details that make a difference at Llangoed Hall. The hotel is home to a large telescope which guests are encouraged to use after dark to stargaze. In 2013, the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) recognised the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales as the world’s fifth International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR). There is no reception desk here and an extensive honesty bar is available throughout the day.
Llangoed Hall has also been recognised for its green initiatives wining the Conde Nast Johansens ‘Best for Green Practices Award’ in 2016. Llangoed Hall can grow 45% of the vegetables, soft fruits and herbs that they require in winter. It is during the summer that the gardens truly come alive and the hotel enjoys some 95% sustainability meaning chefs can pick produce and have this delivered to the plate in 2 minutes preserving both flavour and freshness. Guests will also see three busy egg houses – Chicken, Duck and Quail, all here for their eggs, some 11,000 eggs are produced each year. At breakfast guests can select the type of eggs they prefer.