A 400 year old historic castle in south Wales, which has been used as stage set for Sherlock, Doctor Who and Torchwood, has reopened as a conference venue, following the first phase of a multi-million pound refurbishment to restore it to its former glory. Phase two of the investment will include adding up to 30 bedrooms and a top-end restaurant with 120 covers, expected to be open by late 2016.
The former stately home, situated six miles outside of Cardiff city centre and three minutes off junction 34 of the M4, is set within landscaped gardens and has a 15-acre lake and serpentine pond. Dating back to the 17th century, this Grade I listed castle is steeped in history. Its previous owners include Samuel Richardson, who is credited with introducing the threshing machine to the world of agriculture and “Big Ben”, Sir Benjamin Hall, who oversaw the installation of the clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, which is apparently named after him.
Hensol Castle, located within the grounds of the Vale Resort, is undergoing a £10 million revamp, the first phase of which has introduced conference facilities in the new purpose-built Courtyard Hall, capable of hosting 320 delegates theatre-style and 200 delegates banquet-style. The facilities at Courtyard Hall are complemented by five smaller meeting rooms in the castle itself that can host between 10-100 delegates per room theatre-style. The Courtyard Hall has been designed to be energy efficient with heat-retaining and heat-reflective glass, low energy lighting and a natural grass and wildflower roof.