About Caer Llan: History, heritage and environmental vision
To the best of our knowledge the house known as Caer Llan was built around the turn of the 18/19th century although there was almost certainly a settlement on the site long before that, the ridge on which the house is built having been occupied since the Neolithic period. The nearest town (10 minutes by car) is historic Monmouth at the head of the Wye Valley, famous for its association with King Henry V and C.S. Rolls of Rolls Royce fame. The main house as you'll see it today is the result of constant expansion and improvement over the generations culminating in the structural additions made by Captain Henry Walters RN between 1890 and 1937. The Berm House, despite its traditional castle-like appearance, was added in 1988 by Jake's far-sighted father Peter to provide additional self-contained accommodation when Caer Llan was opened as a Field Study Centre. Its award-winning, eco-friendly design and construction, undertaken long before such priorities were common practice, yield significant energy savings whilst generating a minimal carbon footprint and continues to attract interest from the media, the press and the public having been recognised as one of the two lowest energy houses in Europe.
The open countryside surrounding Caer Llan is designated as an Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) and the house is set within 25 acres of terraced and landscaped gardens, fields and woods including 8 acres of woodland designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
* The Berm House was awarded a Euro-solar prize in 1995* and Caer Llan is home of the British Earth Sheltering Association library, available to BESA members.
The spacious, communal ground floor is the heart of Caer Llan and contains the recently enlarged Function Room in which weddings, receptions and celebrations take place, the bar and a choice of smaller rooms suitable for relaxation, meetings and conferences. 8 of our 15 ensuite bedrooms are on the first and second floor of the main house, the others are located in the Berm House (immediately adjacent).
Outside, guests can enjoy the large patio area with stunning views, gardens and grounds, outdoor pool and free parking for 40 cars (also accessible to coaches).
Nature and the natural order of the seasons plays an important part in Caer Llan's character. Spotting the many portrayals of our squirrels, both inside and outside the house, makes a fascinating game for younger vistors. The version appearing on this website is the latest addition to their visual interpretation.