Llangoed Hall Hotel
Set in the wilds of the Welsh countryside, the ivy-clad Lllangoed Hall is a breath of fresh country air. Once owned by Sir Bernard Ashley (husband of designer Laura), it comes as little surprise that rooms feature his wife’s fabrics and prints. Each follows a different colour palette with soft hues, floral patterns and fresh flowers. Opt for a bedroom with a four-poster bed and freestanding tub. The patterned armchairs by the window are the ideal spot to enjoy views across the estate’s 6ha, especially when accompanied by a little tipple from the decanter of sherry that comes as standard. Turn the vintage radio up a notch and the afternoon disappears all too quickly.
Downstairs there’s plenty to make you feel like you’re staying in your own private country pile. Wander from the drawing room to the games room for a frame of pool or sit beside the roaring fire in the sitting room for Welsh cakes and tea from delicate gold-leaf china. You’ll also find an amazing private collection of art throughout, with sketches by American artist James McNeill Whistler and works by Welsh painter Augustus John.
In the kitchen, head chef Nick Brodie is doing wonderful things for modern Welsh cuisine. Many of the ingredients come from the hotel’s kitchen garden, which is kitted out with a greenhouse, vegetable plots, smokehouse and pen with chickens, ducks and quails, while produce like Welsh black beef and Radnorshire lamb are sourced from local farms. LF. Doubles from £150.