Llanerch opens the UK’s first vineyard hotel

George Sell By George Sell
26 April 2019 | Updated 26 April 2019

UK: The UK’s first vineyard hotel has opened its doors in Hensol in South Wales.

Llanerch Hotel is the result of a £2 million investment by Ryan Davies, owner of Llanerch Vineyard, which is home to the award-winning Cariad wines.

The two-storey hotel, situated in the heart of the vineyard comprises 26 rooms and suites, each with uninterrupted views of the Welsh countryside.

As well as Llanerch's wine tasting and vineyard tours, Llanerch is also home to an award-winning restaurant, which serves lunch, dinner and afternoon teas in the vineyard throughout the week.

Several of the guest rooms are accessible rooms and dog-friendly and there are also meeting and conference rooms for corporate events.

"To become the first vineyard hotel in the UK is a fantastic achievement for the team at Llanerch," said Davies. "Across Europe, wine hotels are very popular and we wanted to bring that unique experience to south Wales."

Davies took over the vineyard, which is one of the oldest in Wales, in 2010 with the aim to replicate the successful wine tourism models he had seen while working in vineyards in New Zealand and Australia, where vineyards are tourist attractions in their own right, offering restaurants, weddings and events, in addition to traditional wine tasting and vineyard experiences.

Since then, Llanerch has become the largest commercial vineyard in Wales.
 
Davies said: "We have had a number of B&B rooms available at the vineyard since 2010, but as the business grew, so did the demand for accommodation at Llanerch. The popularity of Cardiff, which is just 20 minutes away, as an events destination for everything from rugby to high profile concerts has also pushed up demand for high quality accommodation in south Wales. This has been a vision for Llanerch for many years. We have managed every aspect of this project - the biggest we've ever undertaken - ourselves to ensure that the hotel offers the highest quality and that every detail has been thought about, from luxury in-room products to maximising the spectacular scenery enjoyed by every room."

The new hotel, which was constructed using only local contractors and builders, will now employ up to 20 new members of staff. The vineyard's existing courtyard rooms, set in one of the vineyard's original stone outbuildings, have been fully refurbished in keeping with the new hotel.

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