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About 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 billiards room in 1894.
Paul and Victoria Humpherston restored the house and gardens over 10 years and their work has been featured on a number of TV documentaries.
They now offer tours to individuals, couples or groups conducted by themselves in a unique family atmosphere.
Each of the 52 rooms contain their original features. These include 23 fire places, rococo and stained glass ceilings, a Maw & Co tiled floor and original slate surfaces in the formal domestic areas and the cellarage.
The house bursts with innovative and creative interior design ideas complimented by thousands of collectable items, all used as furnishings.
They include, enamel signs, clocks, phonographs and radios, a boys & girls adventure story library, toys and vehicles, the Abbeycwmhir art collection, and items related to the Arthurian legend.
The gardens and grounds have also been restored for visitors to enjoy between the months of April to October inclusive. Many Victorian features remain, or have been uncovered, through the restoration. Such features include a 1.5 acre walled garden, lawns and terraces, 4 courtyards, a lake and waterfall and some splendid mixed woodland. The grounds overlook the abbey, and give wonderful views along “The Long Valley".
Tours of all 52 rooms, conducted by the owners, are available daily on a pre-booked basis. Individuals, couples, small or larger groups may book for the tours of around two hours commencing at 10.30am, 2pm or 7pm. The price for the two hour tour is £16 per head. The price per head for groups of 8 or more is £14 per head. The entrance fee includes full access to the 12 acre grounds.
Refreshments are available at the end of each tour. Catering, in the form of finger buffets, knife and fork cold buffets, or hot meals can also be booked for groups of 10 or more touring the property. There is ample parking space for cars or coaches.
Alternatively, the gardens (open between April and October inclusive) may be visited separately at a fee of £5 per head. This fee includes access to the remarkable Garden Room.
During the Summer months there is a retro theme runnng through the entertainment area.
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