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Review and video of Lasswade Country House, Powys, Wales

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 05:01 on Tuesday 04 February 2014

Sandwiched between the Cambrian Mountains and the Brecon Beacons, Lasswade is a country hotel from a bygone era, serving up award-winning food and impeccable hospitality.

>> For prices and availability, see our full listing for Lasswade Country House

>> Lasswade Country House is featured in our Greentraveller Guide to the Brecon Beacons National Park

Lasswade Country House. Photo: GreentravellerLasswade Country House. Photo: Greentraveller

The Setting
You can be climbing the Cambrian Mountains, tackling the River Irfon, or enjoying gentler pursuits, such as walking and horse-riding, all within a short trek of the house. Lasswade is a gentle, fuss-free country retreat, harking back to a bygone era and offering comfortable rooms, fantastic food in a traditional restaurant setting and impeccable service from husband and wife team Roger and Emma. Well located and well priced, it will appeal those after a home from home experience.

Watch our Greentraveller video of Lasswade Country House:

The Rooms
Spacious rooms are comfortably and traditionally furnished with lots of dark wood, floral paper on the walls and lots of natural lights through big sash windows. Each room has a different view: 'Blue' looks out over lush green valleys, whilst 'Epynt' faces east to the hills of the same name. En suite bathrooms have good showers and nice organic smellies.

One of the lovely double bedrooms. Photo: GreentravellerOne of the lovely double bedrooms. Photo: Greentraveller

The Food
"One of the things our guests will find in the restaurant here is the opportunity to experience as many local products as possible," says Roger. The daily-changing menus feature only local, organic (Roger is a regular at the local farmers' markets), and occasionally foraged, ingredients, with dishes such as Slow roast Brynhafod Welsh Belly Pork in local Tyronnell Honey or Pembrokeshire mackerel with gooseberry sauce.

Local produce in the restaurant. Photo: GreentravellerLocal produce in the restaurant. Photo: Greentraveller

Having been trained in some of the UK's greatest restaurants, including London's Waldorf Hotel, for Roger it's a passion that extends far beyond the kitchen. In fact, he's something of a local celebrity when it comes to food. Not only is he a Food Ambassador for Mid Wales of behalf of the National Assembly of Wales and a member of Slow Food, but he also makes regular appearances on Welsh TV and radio, and has earned the Lasswade a string of awards for the quality of its food. 

The Activities
"The area is very unspolit, it's very natural and the air quality is incredibly good," says Roger. There's walking, mountain biking, fishing, white water rafting, horse riding and fantastic historic sites to explore. If you're after gentler pursuits, then the hotel and immediate area offer plenty of quiet spots to curl up with a book or a glass of wine. "The vast majority of our visitors are here to experience the culture and heritage that the area has to offer."

The gorgeous hills surrounding the hotel. Photo: GreentravellerThe gorgeous hills surrounding the hotel. Photo: Greentraveller

The Green
This is one of Wales' very first eco hotels. Since moving here over twelve years ago, Roger and Emma have made every effort to curb their carbon omissions wherever possible. "One of the key reasons we entered into green issues was because we felt we could personally change things on a very individual basis," explains Roger. It's an attitude has earned the hotel gold grading in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

How to get to Lasswade Country House by public transport
The hotel is a five-minute walk from the train station at Llanwrtyd, which is on the Heart of Wales line (Arriva Trains) from Swansea to Shrewsbury. From London it's about a five-hour journey.

>> See our public transport journey planner

Top Tip
Walking and cycling not tough enough for you? Ok, how about bog snorkelling or a 'man vs horse' marathon? Llanwrtyd Wells is, bizzarely, home to some of the UK's more unusual outdoor pursuits so, whilst you're here, why not sign up to one of the other whacky events taking place in the town throughout year.

A hotel run like along B&B lines, Roger and Emma will bend over backwards to make sure your stay is absolutely perfect.

The view from the conservatory. Photo: GreentravellerThe view from the conservatory. Photo: Greentraveller

>> For prices and availability, see our full listing for Lasswade Country House

>> Lasswade Country House is featured in our Greentraveller Guide to the Brecon Beacons National Park

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