Abbey Cwm Hir Hall – Wales – Photos

Abbey Cwm Hir Hall

Abbey Cwm Hir Hall

I’m sure that Abbey Cwm Hir Hall is wonderful at any time of the year, but at Christmas it is truly spectacular.  The reception area is fascinating, with lots of old signs such as this Singer advert.  We saw vintage bikes hanging from the ceilings, traditional bellows beside the fire …..

Abbey Cwm Hir Hall

Abbey Cwm Hir Hall

This is before you have begun the tour of fifty two rooms, each one decorated for Christmas with a different theme.  From the outside it’s hard to believe that there are so many rooms within it.  It was dark by the time we’d finished the tour, so we didn’t even have a chance to look at the 12 acres of gardens – we definitely need a return trip in the summer.

Seashell tree

Seashell tree

The Collections

We were shown around by Paul, the owner and he had a wonderful and amusing store of anecdotes about the hall and the area.  These photos aren’t in any particular order – just examples of the decorations. In this room the theme was obviously the sea and the tree was blue, decorated with shells and fishnets.

Sewing machine collection

Sewing machine collection

The owners of the hall seem to be obsessive collectors so it wasn’t long before we came across their sewing machine collection.  There must have been half a dozen sewing machines (all vintage) in this area.  Paul’s wife makes all the curtains, covers the seats and makes the decorations so I’m sure there is a modern sewing machine tucked away somewhere.

Gold star

Gold star

Tree Decorations

There were many wonderful tree decorations throughout the hall and I found loads of inspiration in all the rooms.  The lovely thing about Abbey Cwm Hir hall was that we were encouraged to take photos and pick up ideas during our tour.  What a refreshing change from the many places that don’t allow photos.

Button Christmas wreath

Button Christmas wreath

Christmas Wreaths

We came across many wreaths, but this one particularly stood out for me because I’m sure you have a huge button tin – I certainly do – and this struck me as an interesting way of using them.  The buttons were formed into a chain which was then wound around the basic wreath.

Dolls house room

Dolls house room

The red mantle scarf was interesting.  It varies from my own one in that it can be used on any length of mantle.  It was also very striking with Christmas trees forming a zigzag pattern across the scarf.

Clothing room

Clothing room

This room was dedicated to clothing.  The decorations on the tree showed lots of small dolls in different outfits.  So much detail!

Crocheted cakes

Crocheted cakes

A mouthwatering display of crocheted and knitted cakes formed a central feature of this room.

Floral mural

Floral mural

Abbey Cwm Hir decorations

The attraction of this hall is not just the Christmas decorations:  the hall has been renovated over a period of twenty years by Paul and his wife with some very talented artists.  This floral display was just one of many painted on the walls.  I would never have the confidence even to begin a project like that.

Paintings beside the stairs

Paintings beside the stairs

These two paintings on the stairs have been shaped so that their base follows the line of the stairs.  I had never seen this before and the effect was really striking.  Many of the walls and doors had individual floral paintings applied directly on the surfaces.

 

Angel tree

Angel tree

More Trees

Festive cheer

Festive cheer

I’ll leave you with more photos of a small fraction of the fifty two trees.

Fabric ornaments

Fabric ornaments

These tree decorations were a great idea – fabric shapes with a small amount of stuffing.  Very striking.

Visiting Abbey Cwm Hir was a great experience and certainly went a long way to putting me in the Christmas mood.  I would recommend anyone to visit there if they are in the Llandrindodd Wells area.

 

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  1. The years are going by too fast. It’s time again to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. Nice job on the wall hanging. Wish I had learned how to free motion. It adds such a nice textured look to the fabric. When I think of my grandmother doing all that embroidery by hand.
    Also enjoyed your trip to the Halls in Wales. I agree that the button wreath is/was an eye catcher. I used to make wreaths a long time ago and still hang them on my front door when the different seasons come around.

    • Hi Claire. You’re right – the years seem to be flying by. I like the idea of a prosperous New Year! I love to look at hand embroidery but I know that I wouldn’t have the patience to stick at it for a whole project. The button wreath was lovely – so different. I think that I will definitely make some wreaths for my craft stalls next year. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  2. Thank you Rose for all your interesting travel photos. Here in Australia, we don’t seem to have as many unique places to visit. I love looking at the quilts you make and have tried some with interesting results. Many, many thanks, as I look forward to each new email.
    Wishing you and family every happiness for the Festive Season and may 2019 be healthy,happy with loads more information for quilting and travel.

    • Thanks, Elizabeth. You also have wonderful places to visit in Australia – they are just much further apart than here in the UK. Glad you find the website interesting.

  3. susan williams says:

    Hi Rose I live not far from Abbey Cwm Hir in a town called Llanidloes you would pass my house after leaving the Abbey to get to Lanidloes.

    • Hi Susan. I have been to Llanidloes several times to visit the Minerva Arts Centre. Beautiful area. Their quilt exhibitions are always interesting.

  4. Paula Morgan says:

    Is that a cat on the tree photo looking in? I thank you for the trip photos, Merry Christmas!!

  5. Dear Rose what a lovely way to spend a day. Do hope you find time to go back in various weathers as I a sure the gardens will be a true delight all times.
    Love the wall hanging. Now my big question is do I stop what I am doiong and have a go at that or do I struggle on? This is a question only I can answer but what a puzzle.
    All best wishes to you and family for a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

    Janny.

  6. Carol Tambourine says:

    I love your travels. Where do you find out about all these fun places?
    Am going to look this up. I love lived in places.

    • Hi Carol. I first heard of it when I lived in Ludlow but never quite got round to visiting it. I’m so pleased that I have now made the effort – and I’ll be back there in the summer. The rooms include the family living area, bedrooms and so on – her kitchen is much more tidy than mine is!