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Llangoed Hall to Represent Wales at Hospitality Industry’s ‘Oscars’


An award winning Mid Wales country house hotel, which is an exclusive Relais & Chateaux property, will be proudly flying the flag for Wales at this summer’s ‘Oscars’ for the UK’s hospitality industry.

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Llangoed Hall at Llyswen, near Brecon is the only Welsh hotel shortlisted for an award at the 33rd annual Catey Awards organised by The Caterer magazine.

The hotel is competing against two rivals – Oakley Court, Windsor and the University of Brighton – for the Sustainable Business Award, with the winners set to be revealed at a glittering event at London’s Grosvenor House on July 5.

The Cateys recognise the sector’s strongest performers, latest emerging brands and highest flyers as determined by the industry itself.

It’s the second time in a matter of months that Llangoed Hall and Oakley Court have been shortlisted for the same award. Last November, the pair were runners up for Sustainable Hotel of the Year at The Caterer’s Hotel Cateys 2015.

“We are proud to be flying the flag for Wales at The Cateys, which recognise the very best in the hospitality industry,”

said Llangoed Hall’s managing director Calum Milne.

“It’s very pleasing and rewarding that our sustainability policy has again been recognised and it shows the impact a small hotel in Mid Wales can make to the environment.

“Llangoed Hall embraces its environmental responsibility and is wholly committed to working towards a sustainable future. Our mission is to become a leader in environmentally friendly hotels.”

The hotel was accepted as an exclusive member of Relais & Chateaux, a global fellowship of individually owned and operated luxury hotels and restaurants, in January. There is only one other member property in Wales.

Mr Milne said the hotel wholeheartedly supports the vision of Relais & Chateaux to make the world a better place through cuisine and hospitality. The organisation’s mission is to preserve the diversity of the world’s cuisines and hospitality, to share the passion for the good and the beautiful and to work together to create a more humane world.

Llangoed Hall is no stranger to awards for sustainabilty. Last November, the hotel won the Best for Green Practises accolade at the 2016 Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence and was also shortlisted for Eco Hotel of the Year at the 2015 AA Hospitality Awards.

The hotel’s garden supplies chefs with 95 per cent of the vegetables, herbs and fruit used on its summer menus. In addition, the hotel owns chickens, quails and ducks which provide guests with a choice of fresh eggs for breakfast and produces its own honey thanks to beehives in specially created flower meadows.

Inside the hotel, energy-saving light bulbs and timers on light fittings have been introduced, cooking oil is recycled for bio-fuels and toilets use 50 per cent less water than the average lavatory. Rooms have energy-saving hairdryers and motion sensor taps.

Rainwater is harvested to water plants and fill the duck pool and the hotel sold 4,000 plants from garden cuttings last year.


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