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Newtown Textile Museum

Newtown Powys Wales
Description : 

The Museum will be open until the end of September. It is open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12.00 - 16.00.

Covid regulations have been relaxed to a certain extent by the Welsh Government. Masks should still be worn indoors when visiting the Museum but it is no longer necessary to book a ticket (but you can still use the booking system if you wish). Track and Trace information will no longer be collected, but other measures such as sanitiser, perspex screens etc will still be in place.

Check out the website for the latest information.

 Full details are on :

Links to social media sites:
Web: www.newtowntextilemuseum.co.uk
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/newtowntextilemuseum
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/textilemuseumnewtown/ 

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Powis Castle

Welshpool Powys Wales

The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir

Llandrindod Wells Powys Wales
Description : 

The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir is Grade II* listed as one of Wales' finest example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture.

The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir

Built in 1834 by Thomas Wilson the great Victorian improver, the house was doubled in size by the Philips family in 1869, who then added the snooker room in 1894. The architects were Poundley and Walker of Liverpool

Paul and Victoria Humpherston bought the Hall in late 1997 and have spent 9 years restoring it to a building of Gothic splendour. Their achievements have been featured on BBC "Discovering Welsh Houses," "Fishlock's Wales" and "Wales Today", on ITV "Wales Tonight" ,"Great Welsh Roads"and "How the other Half Lives" and on S4C. The house and gardens are now open for tours by the public throughout the year. Visitors are asked to pre-book wherever possible.

Architecture & Design

Externally, the hall is a splendid example of Victorian Gothic Revival Architecture. Notable details include:

Gothic windows with carved stone surrounds
Steeply pitched roofs with finials
Original cast iron down pipes and guttering
Dressed stone south and east facing elevations
Carved stones from the Abbey have been built into the walls of the house and the garden.

The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir

Internally, all 52 rooms have been restored to create a marriage of style and beauty accenting their original features. This is so through:

The Formal Reception Rooms and Bedrooms with their marble fire places, bell pulls, gothic widows and shutters, rococo and stained glass ceilings.

The Former Domestic Quarters with their original slate slabsurfaces, unique ceiling designs and wrought iron fire places.
The Cellars and Garden Room with their vaulted ceilings and amazing collections.

Indeed, items from a life time of collecting form part of the 'style impact' in each of the rooms.  Collections include phonographs and radios, enamel signs and packaging, art and photographic collections, books and kitchen memorabilia

In terms of Interior Design, the house bursts with ideas. Many rooms are themed, and there is much hand painting on to wallpapers and surfaces.

The Gardens

The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir

The gardens and grounds of The Hall have also been restored for visitors to enjoy. Features include:

A 1.5 acre walled garden
Sweeping lawns and terraces
4 courtyards
Some splendid mixed woodland
A lake and waterfall.
The gardens are particularly lovely through the months of May-September with their shows of rhododendra and roses.

At Christmas all 52 rooms of the house are decorated to individual themes from Nov 6th to Jan 6th each year- something unique within the UK. The hall is also decorated for Valentines and Easter. 

The Hall is open throughout the year. Daily tours are focussed around 10.30am and 2 pm. To book phone 01597 851727 or email [email protected]

Entrance fees for the guided tour of all 52 rooms, and for full access to the 12 acre gardens is £14 pp for individuals or groups of less than 10 persons. For groups of 10 or more, or for repeat visitors, the fee is £12 pp Children aged 12 or under are £5 pp.

The website containing a downloadable brochure and slideshows on interiors, gardens, Xmas and Car Clubs Visiting is www.abbeycwmhir.com    

The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir