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Christmastide at Abbey-Cwm-Hir Hall

also visiting Shrewsbury & Ludlow

Mid-Wales is rich in the purest of natural resources, many of which have shaped the livelihoods of the local people for centuries. Stretching up as far as Southern Snowdonia and reaching down the coast to Cardigan and across to the Brecon Beacons, the area is steeped in heritage, culture and stunning scenery. The prosperity of Llandrindod Wells grew from its days as a popular Victorian Spa and in Rock Park the pump room has been restored so that visitors can once again “take the waters”. The town is situated seven hundred feet above sea level and surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in Wales and it is one of Britain’s special hidden treasures.

Built in 1834 for Thomas Wilson the great Victorian improver, the Hall was doubled in size in 1869 by the Phillips family. The Hall is one of the finest examples of Victorian Gothic revival architecture in Wales, a Grade II listed building standing in a truly wonderful location set in 12 acres of private grounds and overlooking St. Mary’s church and the ruins of the 12th century Cistercian “Abbey of the Long Valley”. Paul and Victoria Humpherston bought the Hall in 1997 and spent ten years restoring it to the Gothic Victorian splendour which you see today. Their achievements have been featured on numeruous TV programmes including Coast and Country, Discovering Welsh Houses, The Antiques Road Trip and Secret Dealers have been filmed at the Hall.

During the Christmas season all of the Hall’s 52 rooms and corridors are lavishly decorated with Christmas themes and a visit to this Victorian gem makes for a truly memorable experience .The guided tour is made with a difference; you are shown around by one of the family who own and live in the Hall and access is allowed to all the rooms in the house. Get a feeling of what it must have been like to live here during Victorian times; original tiled floors, marble fireplaces, magnificent china collections, super four-poster beds, wonderful paintings, book collections and plenty of memorabilia. Within the grounds there is a walled garden, terraces and woodland (not open during the winter season). Please note that whilst within the Hall, visitors are required to walk in their socks; no shoes allowed but you may bring your own slippers! Refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the tour.

Accommodation

The Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells was built in 1896 and was originally the largest hotel in Wales with its central position making it the ideal location from which to discover mid-Wales and the Brecon Beacons. In keeping with the standards you would expect of a 4 star hotel the Metropole incorporates traditional spacious lounges, contemporary bars, restaurant, lift and fabulous spa with an 18 metre swimming pool, thermal suites, Jacuzzi and gym. All bedrooms have en-suite bathroom, toiletries, flat screen TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Itinerary*

Tuesday: A leisurely departure this morning as we travel to Llandrindod Wells making a stop en-route in Shrewsbury with time for lunch. Later we continue the journey southwards via Knighton and the Radnor Forest arriving at the hotel late afternoon. Settle into your room and enjoy your evening meal.

Wednesday: After breakfast, some time this morning to explore the town and perhaps grab an early lunch. At approx. 12.30hrs we join the coach and travel the short journey northwards to Abbey-Cwm-Hir Hall where we are booked in at 13.30hrs. After an enjoyable afternoon tour we return to the hotel.

Thursday: This morning we bid farewell to Llandrindod Wells and retrace our route eastwards via Knighton and continue to the market town of Ludlow. This medieval walled town was orginally founded in the 11th cenutury and is centred on a hill atop which stands Ludlow Castle and the parish church of St.Laurence’s, the largest in the county. Time here to explore this lovely town and which today is also hosting a Christmas themed market. Later we continue the homeward journey.


*Please note itineraries are subject to change

Price Includes

  • Return coach travel,
  • 2 nights accommodation with dinner, bed and breakfast,
  • Excursions and inclusions as described

Single Room Supplement

A single room supplement of £30.00 is applicable on this tour, for more information please call and speak to an advisor.

Pickup Points

Conwy, Lancaster Square
Llandudno Junction, Station Hotel Bus Stop
Deganwy, Castle Hotel
Llanrhos, Post Office
Llandudno, Mostyn Broadway Coach Park
Llandudno, Clarence Hotel(Travel Lodge)
Craig Y Don, St Pauls Church
Penrhyn Bay, St Davids Church
Rhos On Sea, Cayley Arms
Rhos On Sea, Hickorys (The Ship)
Mochdre, Bowling Green
Colwyn Bay, Guys Newsagents
Colwyn Bay, Railway Station
Old Colwyn, Opposite Marine Hotel
Old Colwyn, Top Shop
Old Colwyn, Queens Nursing Home
Old Colwyn, Junction Abergele Rd/Highlands Rd
Llanddulas, Fairview Inn
Abergele, Tesco Bus Stop
Abergele, Bowling Green Bus Stop
Abergele, Pentre Mawr Park Bus Stop
Pensarn, Roundabout Bus Stop
Belgrano, Pensarn Grange (Windjammers)
Towyn, Wendover Bus Stop
Sandy Cove, Bus Stop
Kinmel Bay, Junction Bronwen Ave/ St Asaph Ave
Kinmel Bay, Silver Birch
Bodelwyddan, Bus Stop opposite Garage
Bodelwyddan, The Vicarage
Rhuddlan, Vicarage Lane Bus Stop
Rhuddlan, Highlands Road Bus Stop/ Pentre Lane
Rhuddlan, Rhyl Road Bus Stop
Denbigh, Lenton Pool
Denbigh, Colomendy
Denbigh, Plas Pigot
Denbigh, The Green Bus Stop
Denbigh, Myddleton Park
Trefnant, Village Hall Bus Stop nr Traffic Lights
Trefnant, The Tweedmill
Trefnant, Clwydian Park
St Asaph, HM Stanley Hospital
St Asaph, Cathedral Bus Stop
St Asaph, Fountain Garage
St Asaph, Ashley Court Bus Stop
St Asaph, Bod Erw
Rhyl, Ffordd Derwen Pub
Rhyl, Boulevard Bus Stop
Rhyl, Old Carlton Garden Centre (opp Rosehill Road/ Rhuddlan Rd Bus Stop)
Rhyl, Rhuddlan Road/ St Margarets Drive Bus Stop
Rhyl, Vale Road Flats Bus Layby
Rhyl, Argos, Bodfor Street
Rhyl, Catholic Church/Wellington Rd
Rhyl, Marine Lake Bus Bay
Rhyl, St Thomas’ Church, Russell Road
Rhyl, Junction Russell Road /Churton Road
Rhyl, Junction Russell Road/ Old Golf Road
Rhyl, Eastville Bus Stop opp Denmore Stores
Rhyl, Tynewydd Estate Entrance( Junction Tynewydd Road/ Ffordd Anwyl)
Rhyl, Parrys Corner/ Pendyffryn Rd North
Rhyl, Junction Grange Rd/ Clifton Park Road
Prestatyn, Williams Estate Agents, Meliden Road
Prestatyn, Pendyffryn Gardens Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Bus Station
Prestatyn, The Victoria Hotel Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Police Station
Prestatyn, Ffrith Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Clwyd Carpets ( Victoria Road West)
Prestatyn, Jolly Sailor
Prestatyn, Penrhwylfa Crossroads Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Junction Ffordd isa/ Princes Avenue
Meliden, Manod Road Bus Stop
Meliden, Roundwood Avenue
Meliden, Old Garden Centre
Gronant, Cross Roads
Talacre, Junction Coast Road/Station Road
Ffynnongroew, Crown Inn
Mostyn, Lletty Hotel
Greenfield, Queens Head Hotel
Bagillt, Blossoms Inn
Dyserth, Voel Depot
Dyserth, The Vicarage Bus Stop
Dyserth, Cross Keys/Pendre Farm Bus Stop
Dyserth, The Bank (Bus stop opposite junction High Street/ Thomas Avenue)
Trelawnyd, Memorial Hall Bus Stop
Trelawnyd, Erw Wen Bus Stop
Lloc, Rock Inn
Carmel, Halfway House
Holway, Garage
Holywell, Traffic Lights (Fron Park Road/ Brynford Street)
Holywell, Victoria Hotel
Flint, The Ship Hotel Bus Stop
Northop, Car Park Entrance
Sychdyn, Cross Keys
Mold, Station Motors, Chester Road
Mynydd Isa, The Griffin
Ewloe, Clwyd Car Aucitons
Buckley, The Tivoli
Chester, Holiday Inn Wrexham Road (Old Post House)
Wrexham, Dobbs Hill Layby
Wrexham, Plas Coch Pub, Near Sainsburys
Wrexham, Kings Street Bus Station
Chirk, Moreton Garden Centre

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