About Us, Our Lovely Home and its History...
Caer Llan has been at the heart of the Carpenter family for over 45 years. The house was built around the turn of the 18th/19th century, with significant extensions in later years. Peter Carpenter first opened Caer Llan's doors in 1971 as a field studies centre, and soon after began welcoming guests for parties and celebrations.
Caer Llan remains in the Carpenter family today and is run and lovingly maintained by Peter's son, Jake, and his wife, Vicky. In recent years the family has extensively refurbished the property, developing it into an elegant country house venue.
The Caer Llan philosophy is simple: to make every guest feel at home whilst setting the highest standards of service and accommodation.
Situated in Monmouthshire and the beautiful Wye Valley, Caer Llan is nestled on a hilltop with breathtaking views of the Welsh hills and mountains. Caer Llan offers peace and tranquility in its 25 acres of secluded woodland and a chance to get away from it all. Although guests feel a long way from their everyday lives when they come to Caer Llan, the venue is within easy access of major motorways, just under an hour's drive from Bristol and Cardiff and 2 hours from London.
The countryside around Caer Llan is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is located a few miles from Monmouth, a pretty market town right on the border between Wales and England. The beautiful Wye Valley and historic Royal Forest of Dean are also on the doorstep for guests to explore and enjoy.
Our Facilities and Accommodation..
There are 16 en-suite bedrooms in total, split between the Main House (9 rooms) and the immediately adjacent eco extension known as the Berm House (7 rooms). Caer Llan's accommodation is highly adaptable so the bedrooms can be configured prior to your arrival with twins or zip and link superking beds according to your requirements. Comfortable day beds and bunks ensure they are suitable for families whilst we have a choice of rooms that can be made up as a bridal suite.
Rooms in the main house are highly individual with a stylish, elegant feel and those in the Berm House are light and modern. We are always updating, refurbishing or adding to some part of the accommodation at Caer Llan, and all our bedrooms now have new en-suite bathrooms.
All rooms have free WiFi and are provided with towels and bed linen (other than for cots). Although we are unable to offer room service at Caer Llan, all rooms are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities.
The grand entrance hall and function room combine into one large open plan area which forms the hub for events at Caer Llan. The room features solid oak floors and fireplaces, high ceilings and chandeliers, period arch details and a large bay window which showcases the stunning views over the rolling Welsh countryside. It provides a hugely versatile space for your event, which we adapt to suit your requirements.
For wedding guests, the area is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies and the layout is such that as a couple, you can exchange your vows under the arch, in front of your friends and family, whilst the large bay window provides an idyllic scenic backdrop.
The area can be quickly transformed into a formal dining room for your wedding banquet or celebration meal, with variations of long or round table plans to suit. It is also equipped with disco lighting which illuminates a funky dance floor to keep your celebrations going strong into the evening. A high quality PA system, with input for MP3 players is provided such that you can create your own DIY disco.
Next to the Entrance Hall and Function Room is the spacious Bar and Piano Lounge, with french doors opening onto the terrace and gardens. A place for guests to mingle and get to know one another, it has a stylish, contemporary feel with chic furniture, slate flooring, LED mood lighting, a wall mounted LCD TV and a baby grand piano. Our well stocked, fully licensed bar can stay open until 1am for non-residents, longer for those staying at Caer Llan.
Sit back and relax in our cosy Library with its pretty bay window overlooking the gardens. This is a quiet room with cosy seating and a selection of books for your guests to enjoy. WiFi access lets you keep in touch with the outside world whilst getting away from it all. In the evening, if you find the music too loud around the dance floor, then along with the sitting room, it’s a great place to escape for a drink and a chat, but still with the sound of some foot tapping background music, and you’re still in the thick of the party. Everyone is happy!
The Sitting Room has a homely living room feel and features views across the garden. It is the perfect place to spend time with family and friends, socialising and relaxing in the luxurious chesterfield sofas. Guests can enjoy a film on our big screen home cinema, or even hook up the Nintendo Wii.
This is a versatile space and can also be set up as a meeting room for corporate events. The room has a digital projector and screen, Ethernet broadband and WiFi access.
Caer Llan's light, airy Conservatory has spectacular views across the Vale of Usk. Bi-fold doors link it to the Function Room, it can be used for extra seating space for formal meals or as a way of linking the Function Room with the Terrace and Gardens.
Our small, unheated outdoor swimming pool is hidden away in Caer Llan's hillside garden. With its secluded setting and lovely views, the pool is always popular with guests, despite the sometimes chilly temperatures!
Already here when the Carpenter family bought Caer Llan, the pool is around 60 years old and we are excited to announce it is high on our list for an update and refresh. Because of its age, we do need to close the pool from time to time, so please contact us for information on its availability.
Hospitality Services (Food, glorious food)
Caer Llan offers a wide choice of menu options all cooked on site in our own country house kitchen. Such options include a fine dining menu, traditional meals and roasts, sumptuous banquets and buffets, light lunches, informal barbecues, hog roasts and vintage afternoon teas.
Breakfast is a hearty affair at Caer Llan and guests will enjoy a full traditional English Breakfast, a selection of toasts and preserves, fresh fruit juices and a choice of cereals and unlimited tea and coffee.
In all cases, we take pride in offering delicious home cooked meals using fresh locally sourced ingredients. We are fully prepared to cater for food allergies and specialist diets, although we do ask to be notified in advance of such requirements.
Before you come to Caer Llan, we'll take the time to discuss menu options with you and ask you to confirm your menu choices before arrival. Menus and prices are contained within the individual downloadable brochures