Wales is a country full of outstanding scenery and dramatic views, and the Brecon Beacons are one of the most magnificent places within Wales. Nestled against this backdrop is a large country estate which is a veritable jewel in this inspiring crown, and offers as much today as it does historically.
Glansevin Mansion can be found hidden amongst the western foothills of the Brecon beacons, a mountain range in South Wales which includes Pen y Fan, the highest mountain in the south of the country, standing at an impressive 2,907 feet. The Brecon Beacons inherit that name from the lighting of beacons to signal the presence of invading armies, and certainly the Romans settled in the region for a long time. There is evidence of hill forts dating back as far as the Iron Age, and it is considered to be the case that the largest two of these were either political or trading centres.
Whilst Glansevin Mansion isn’t quite that old, there is strong evidence to show that there has been a significant dwelling in this area for at least a thousand years, known previously as Llansevin. It is claimed that in the 5th century the mother of the legendary king of Breconshire (Brycheiniog as it was known then) rested for a night at Llansevin with an escort consisting of 300 men. Clearly this was no small property even then.
Today Glansevin Mansion is a Grade II listed property with 20 bedrooms, and with the addition of the Coach House there are 32 bedrooms in total, with many of these being on-suite. As well as five large reception rooms, and an amazingly well equipped kitchen there are six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, making it an ideal place to relax.
Glansevin Mansion is a virtual history lesson, and everywhere you turn there is evidence of its longevity and of its past. In the centre of the front lawn there is a magnificent oak tree which is over 800 years old, having lived to witness such events as the signing of the Magna Carta and the ascension of Edward I, with schoolchildren born whilst the oak was a mere sapling still having 400 years to wait before being able to study Shakespeare.
From the 16th century through until just after the Second World War Glansevin Mansion was owned by the Lloyd family, one of the oldest surviving families from the very earliest Welsh people. Just before the Second World War the property was left empty and began to fall into a state of some disrepair, although the Lloyds again occupied it briefly during the War as they took in evacuees from the south east of England.
After the Lloyds left Glansevin Mansion the property has seen extensive repairs and renovations, turned into a hotel briefly before being purchased by its present owners in 1985, since when many new improvements have been made to the property, although all with a clear sensitivity of its 1,000 year history.
Today Glansevin Mansion offers an ideal location for family events, weddings and conferences, and offers flexible and sumptuous accommodation set within magnificent grounds, and situated in a breathtaking part of the country. It is frequently used by businesses as it has a fully equipped and serviced training venue, and with castles, waterfalls, scenic walks and mountain climbs just a stone’s throw away, it makes for a magical holiday or weekend break at any time of the year.
With comfortable accommodation for groups from 24 to 62 Glansevin Mansion offers flexible arrangements, and with such a well equipped kitchen the options are all there for catering. There really are few country homes to rival the history and beauty if Glansevin Mansion, and if you’re considering renting a country estate it is most definitely deserving of consideration.