I’ve found the perfect autumnal getaway and it’s located in the Wye Valley in Wales – Llangoed Hall Hotel. Forget the car, you don’t need the hassle of driving. Instead, I’d recommend getting a train with Great Western Railway in First Class travel. Clean, comfy and quiet. Ample legroom, scenic views and complimentary refreshments takes the stress out of a cramped, long drive. Get off at Cardiff and from there a coach will take you the rest of the way.
Llangoed (meaning Holy Meeting Place) looks resplendent upon arrival, the exterior bearing an autumnal feel with its climbing ivy and bucolic surroundings. As wondrous as the exterior and interiors are, one of the biggest draws is the restaurant; recognised as one of the top 100 in Britain by the Sunday Times and number one in Wales. This is thanks to award-winning head chef, Nick Brodie who appeared on the Great British Menu show this year. Most ingredients are either sourced on-site or within close proximity, making it a very British menu. From the rich grouse main to the delicious cheeseboard afterwards, and the eggs, jams and honey you’ll find in the morning at breakfast. Take a walk around the little farm round the side of the building to see for yourself.
Indeed, it’s all about the walks here. There are several for you to embark on, allowing you to explore the surrounding woodland and reach heights for picture-perfect panoramic views of the Wye Valley.
During your stay, visit Hay-on-Wye – the book capital of the UK, which celebrated its 30th literature and arts festival this year. The quaint town is home to friendly locals and 20+ bookshops; it was once home to more than 50, but everyone’s either sadly downloading or shopping online these days for their reading material.
Back at Llangoed, they have their own library of classic literature for you to explore as well as magnificent artwork adorning the walls. Then, at the end of your day, when you drift off to sleep, tell me afterwards if it’s not the best bed you’ve slept on this year. It certainly has been for me.
For more information visit llangoedhall.com