Wales: four unusual venues

A round up of new developments in Wales this year, including a refurbishment of an Edwardian country house and a venue run as a social enterprise.

Stackpole Estate: Part of the National Trust and located in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the venue offers a newly refurbished four-star 137-bed group accommodation to complement its meeting room facilities. The Eco Centre also houses a theatre and bar licensed for 200 people and is located at the heart of the 2,000 acre Stackpole Estate, adjacent to Bosherton Lily Ponds and within walking distance to Barafundle Bay, which has been voted many times as one of the best beaches in Britain and the world. Activities including coasteering sessions, kayaking, canoeing, surfing and bushcraft and foraging skills in Deer Park Wood are also on offer.  
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stackpole

Llangoed Hall: Located in mid-Wales, the venue recently completed a £2m refurbishment programe, including the renovation of its 23 bedrooms, restoration of its stained glass windows by a National Trust expert and a garden overhaul. Future plans for the refurbishment and development of the 15-acre Llangoed estate include the conversion of buildings into spa facilities. It offers four meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 100 delegates and is available for exclusive use.
www.llangoedhall.co.uk

Hafan Cymru: This conference and meeting facility is located in Carmarthen, within walking distance from the train station. It has a variety of rooms available for hire and can accommodate from two to 50 delegates. The facility is run as a social enterprise (Tai Dysgu Gwaith), which means that all profits get reinvested in projects which benefit individuals who are disadvantaged within the community. 
www.hafancymru.co.uk

Metropole Hotel: The property, in Llandrindod Wells, expanded its spa facilities in May. The new development includes high-end treatment suites, nail bar, a spray tan facility, and a relaxation area.  The hotel offers 120 bedrooms, 16 function rooms, two restaurants and free car parking.  It can host small meetings for six people and large conferences for up to 300 people. 
www.metropole.co.uk

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