A rich, fascinating history


A rich, fascinating history

From the potential site of the first Welsh parliament in 560AD to being lost in a card game, Llangoed Hall possesses a history as long as it is fascinating.

Year 560


Donated to the church by Prince Iddon, believed to have been a legendary White Palace, home of the first Welsh parliament



A mansion exists on the site build in the classic Jacobean manor house style

Hand of Cards


Sold by the McNamara family after two generations, was originally won in a card game

Welsh Countryside


Formed part of the great estate of Lord Glanusk



Clough Williams-Ellis, who would later go on to design the famous Italianesque village of Portmeirion, re-designed the mansion as a country house, retaining the surviving Jacobean porch as part of the south wing

Llangoed Hall


Present building completed

Sir Bernard Ashley


Bought by Sir Bernard Ashley, husband of Laura Ashley, and restored to its former glory



Opened as a country house hotel in the Edwardian tradition

Llangoed Hall Snooker Table


Hotel changed ownership. The new owner has confirmed his intention to continue the 'at home' experience which was established by Sir Bernard originally

History of Llangoed Hall

From 560 AD to the Present Day

Formerly known as Llangoed Castle, the hall is set in 17 acres of garden and parkland in the valley of the River Wye, nine miles west of the picturesque town of Hay-on-Wye. According to the late Sir Clough William Ellis, the celebrated Welsh Architect, there appears to have been a house on this site since 500 AD. It is said that the First Welsh Parliament was also held here.

Subsequently the building became for several centuries an episcopal grange, only to be largely rebuilt in 1632 by Sir Henry Williams in the classic Jacobean Manor House style. Sir Henry's Coat of Arms can still be seen over the south porch.

During regency times, the Williams family lost the property to a John McNamara in a gambling bout. In 1847, it was bought by John Bailey and by 1900 formed part of the great estate of Lord Glanusk. Soon afterwards, it was acquired by Mrs. Archibald Christy, the wife of the prominent London hatter. It was Mrs. Christy who commissioned Clough William Ellis to restore and largely redesign the house. The present building was completed in 1919, although parts of the south facing wing including the panelled library dating from 1632 were incorporated.

Llangoed was Williams-Ellis’s first major commission and preceded Portmeirion, his well-known Italianate village in North Wales, by over a decade.

Llangoed Hall 2
Llangoed Hall History

Like Sir Edwin Lutyens, Ellis was an Edwardian architect who sought to recreate, in the contemporary times, an example of the great country house. At Llangoed, he made daring innovations, but he tried to retain the majestic chimneyed outlines of the Jacobean house he was adapting. With the advent of the First World War, many of there great houses had outlived their general purpose.

By the early 1970's, Llangoed was in danger of demolition saved only because of its historical and architectural importance. In 1987, Sir Bernard Ashley, founder of Elanbach and Laura Ashley, bought the property and restored the hall to its former glory.

In 2012, the Interesting Hotels Group purchased the estate after it had fallen into administration under the Von Esson Group.

In September 2013 – less than a year out of administration & having undergone a Multimillion pound refurb the hotel was awarded Hotel of the Year 2014 from the AA of Great Britain and Ireland and by November 2013 it was Conde Nast Johanans Restaurant of the Year 2014. 2015 saw our first ever entry into Good Food Guide - Top 50 in the UK where we still are to this day. In 2016/2017 we were Conde Nast Johansens' Eco Hotel of the Year.

It’s back to the glory days!

What Our Guests Say

This was our second visit and did not disappoint! Stunning room and location. Staff could not have been more helpful. Stunning food. Will definitely return!!


Nothing is too much trouble for staff at Llangoed hall From the staff who come out in the cold to welcome you and whisk your bags away to the chef who provides amazing menus all with a “ dairy free no problems madam we’ll adapt “ to the gardener Joe who took time to tell us about the crops and the hens and to let us see him put the ducks away for the night! Luxury and friendliness Gorgeous log fir in the drawing room while you choose from the menu, nice touches in the room like fresh fruit and knife and plate to eat them from ; cut glass and beautiful china even for the toothmugs You have to try it! Ardderchog. ( excellent) Diolch in fawr Llangoed.


Fantastic location Fantastic staff Fantastic stay! Room fully equipped, comfortable bed and beautiful bed linen. Dinner and breakfast were both excellent. Staff very attentive and made the whole experience more enjoyable so thank you.


This must be one of the best hotels I have stayed in .. not just because of the facilities but because of the setting, the service, the quality of the food and the art work!!! Not many hotels have original classic art on the walls. This hotel is pet friendly with 2 rooms set aside for dogs which worked out really well for us. The hotel is magnificently furnished but still has a very homely and welcoming atmosphere . Great restaurant with excellent menu both for evening meal and breakfast .. and if you can manage it afternoon tea.The grounds are magnificent with beautiful gardens and lots of walks all around A great base for exploring the Brecon Beacons and close to Hay on Wye. Will definitely be back.