THE HALL CLOSES TO FUTURE TOURS
The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir is a Grade 11* Gothic mansion in 12 acre grounds near Llandrindod Wells offering tours to the public. It has been one of Wales leading tourist attractions most famous for its Christmas when, through November and December, all 52 rooms are decorated to individual themes.
After 13 years of high acclaim from thousands of visitors from the UK and overseas, owners Paul and Victoria Humpherston are closing its doors indefinitely to tours of the house and gardens.
“The way in which we have presented the combination of Gothic architecture, stunning interiors, fascinating collections and beautiful 12 acre gardens has been widely described as unique, remarkable and of the highest quality” says Paul. “The tours were typically conducted by a family member or close friend in a family atmosphere, and we succeeded in intriguing and fascinating visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Many returned numbers of times. Our Christmas was unlike any other in the UK in scope, scale and imagination.
In common with other attractions we have been in lock-down, with no opportunity to recover on-going business related costs. In our case we have been deemed ineligible for any of the Business, Self Employed or Resilience Grants offered by the Assembly Government. In reaching the decision to terminate tours we have had to factor in not only matters financial, but also the long term need for some of our household members to be shielded from the virus. As a listed, 52 room property with all the quirkiness of Victorian architecture, we had further to consider the impossibility of achieving safe, meaningful, and economic social distancing in the house, particularly over the Christmas period”
“We have had a wonderful 13 years of sharing The Hall with visitors” says Victoria “We want to thank all those who have visited us, and in so doing have helped sustain the property, not only for ourselves, but effectively for Wales. Our gratitude also goes to the team of ladies from Abbey-Cwm-Hir who have helped us create and run something rather special.”