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Gwernvale Manor Hotel

A Grade II Listed Building in Crickhowell, Powys

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Latitude: 51.8675 / 51°52'3"N

Longitude: -3.1442 / 3°8'38"W

OS Eastings: 321316

OS Northings: 219389

OS Grid: SO213193

Mapcode National: GBR F0.SGQQ

Mapcode Global: VH6CH.GB56

Entry Name: Gwernvale Manor Hotel

Listing Date: 19 July 1963

Last Amended: 25 September 1986

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 7269

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Situated to NW of the town on a prominent elevated site above the A40 Brecon Road and reached by an avenue to SW; set in landscaped grounds with terraces to front.

County: Powys

Community: Crickhowell (Crughywel)

Community: Crickhowell

Locality: Gwernvale

Built-Up Area: Crickhowell

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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Square early C19 Regency house built for Tristram Everest with 1911 wing to left and 1970's addition to right (not of special interest). Modern conversion to hotel use but formerly the home of Sir George Everest who became Surveyor General of India in 1830 and gave his name to the Himalayan mountain.


2-storey stucco fronts with cill bands; hipped slate roof, cement render chimney stacks, wide bracket eaves. 3-window NW entrance front with tall recessed 12-pane sash windows, 1 to left extended to ground level. Central broad classical pedimented porch, formerly open and with higher roof line; entablature frieze above 6 Tuscan columns, paired towards centre. Advanced segmental bow to 5-window SW front, 1st floor sash windows as on main front, those below extend to ground level. Altered E front with modern extension but retaining 1 sash window.

Range adjoining NW angle, dated 1911; 2-storey roughcast front, hipped slate roof with bracket eaves; 2 modern windows to SW side over later lean-to arcade; cross frame windows to end wall with hood moulds to ground floor.


Interior retains classical detailing to ground floor; segmental arches with panelled soffits and pilasters leading to rooms off hall which contains open well staircase with large oval patera to ceiling with acanthus cornice. Fluted Corinthian columns to drawing room with arabesque cornice. Blocked Venetian window to SE end.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Gwernvale Farmhouse
    Situated above the town to N and reached through an L-shaped farmyard.
  • II The White Hart Inn PH
    Forward to the street by Pont Cwmbeth, on the road out of town to NW.
  • II Glan Nant
    Set back from the road on the northern edge of Crickhowell and reached by a short driveway beside Cwmbeth Brook.
  • II Gwernvale Cottage
    On steeply rising ground beside Cwmbeth Brook at right angles to the road and reached by a short driveway entered between rubble gate piers.
  • II Llanfair Farmhouse
    To NW of the town and reached by a back road to Tretower N off A40, set back from the road and end on into the hillside.
  • II Tygwyn
    Detached and set back from the main road behind small railed front garden; next to Pen-y-Dre Cottage.
  • II Pen-Y-Dre Cottage
    Below the road and set back behind small iron railed front garden.
  • II St David's Rectory
    At the top of, and at right angles to, the road, facing SW with garden sloping steeply to front.

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