Holiday at Hotel Metropole, Llandrindod Wells, Wales       

Monday 23rd - Friday 27th December 2013.

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Abbey-Cwm-Hir Hall

The area was the site of a Cistercian Abbey and the ruins can still be seen close to the present garden.  The present house was built in 1834, doubled in size in 1869 by the Philips family who also added the snooker room in 1894. The Philips family had made their money in the Lancashire cotton trade.  The house is in the Victorian Gothic Revival style. The current owner, Paul and Victoria Humpherston, bought the house in 1997 and spent 10 years restoring it.  See their own website for more details and for visiting.  The house was decorated specially for Christmas - 52 rooms with 57 themed Christmas Trees.

Abbey-Cwm-Hir Hall        Snooker Room       Suit of Armour      Snooker Room Dresser

Lounge Tree        King Arthur Set      Olympics 2012 Commemoration Vase       Grate range

Black & White Theme Bedroom        Themed Tree - hot air balloons


Elan Valley - Dams and Reservoirs.

The Elan Valley resertvoir systems were built to supply clean drinking water to Birmingham, the first phase being built between 1893 and 1904.  The dams are of granite casings with rubble core.  Other phases were added over the next 50 years, the final phase being built in the 1950s from reinforced concrete with stone facings to blend with the other dams.  There is quite an extensive tour around all the lakes and dams.

Elan Valley Dam         Elan Valley Dam close up       River from dam towards Visitor Centre      Dam Close up

Wintry uplands through coach window        Stream rushing down to lake         Dam through coach windows       Wintry uplands