As we slowly ease our way back into the world it’s a joy, and relief to see so many of our businesses opening to the public once again. Ever mindful of the safety of customers and staff, we have seen non-essential stores opening, with strict guidelines in place. Read our feature on out of town shopping complex reopening HERE.

The CELTIC MANOR RESORT is the latest, and the first of our major tourism/accommodation venues to announce it’s opening, and with a date set for the 14th July, we feel sure it’s all hand’s on deck for the resort staff.

Just in case you don’t know much about Celtic Manor, it’s a golf, spa and leisure hotel and resort in Newport, South East. It consists of four hotels (The Resort, Manor House, Coldra Court and Tŷ), they also have a country inn, luxury lodges, two spas, six restaurants, three championship golf courses (The Twenty Ten Course, The Montgomerie Course and Roman Road Course), two golf and country clubhouses (the Twenty Ten clubhouse and the Lodge clubhouse).

As with all quality resorts, they are very much geared to ‘family entertainment’ with facilities like, high ropes courses, adventure golf, laser tag and archery.

The resort itself is never far from the news as it was the venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup, the first to be held in Wales, and hosted the 2014 NATO summit, when then President Obama stayed in one of the lodges.

As they prepare for opening, Chief Executive of the Celtic Collection, Ian Edwards, made this statement…….

The Celtic Manor Resort and The Celtic Collection look forward to reopening our doors and welcoming guests back to our hotels from 14th July. As we reopen, the health and safety of guests and team members will remain our paramount concern in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We believe it will be possible to reopen our hotels, and in time our restaurants, meeting spaces and other facilities while adhering to social distancing restrictions and other Government guidelines designed to safeguard public health and safety, and minimise the spread of Coronavirus.

Ian Edwards

We have outlined below some of the measures we are taking to adjust our operations and protect the health of our guests and team members. More detailed protocols have been developed and these procedures will be shaped further by Government guidelines and regulations, and will continue to evolve in response to any changes in the medical advice.

Please stay safe, we look forward to seeing you soon.

The resort have kept things going throughout lockdown with the ‘Celtic At Home’ service; a range of virtual and digital activities and contact free takeaways, which appear to have been really popular. They also paid a special tribute to the NHS recently with an illuminated thank you to our key workers. Read more HERE.

If you’ve not yet paid a visit to Celtic Manor, you certainly would have seen it as you drove along the M4. The site itself has some history behind it. The earliest record of a building on the resort site was 1634, when it was the residence of the then High Sheriff of Monmouthshire, Lewis Van.

The Manor Mouse was built in 1860 by Thomas Powell, the largest coalmine owner in the South Wales coalfield, the world’s biggest coal exporter and the first coal millionaire. Powell’s son, Thomas Powell Jnr, and his bride Julia Jenkins were given the mansion as a wedding gift when they married in 1859. They named it Coldra Hall.

After Thomas and Julia Powell’s deaths on safari in Africa, Coldra Hall was leased to a number of tenants, including the Firbank family from 1900 until 1915. Charles Firbank was also a High Sheriff of Monmouthshire and well known for his generosity, entertaining parties of a hundred or more blind and disabled people. On Firbank’s death in 1915, the hall was sold to Sir John Wyndham, a colliery and shipping entrepreneur, who added an additional wing.

In 1930 John donated the house to the local health authority and, in 1940, it became the Lydia Beynon Maternity Hospital, named in honour of his mother. Over 60,000 babies were born there, including the present owner Sir Terry Matthews. It was closed as a hospital on 1 March 1977.

Sir Terry Matthews

Terry bought the Manor House in 1980, investing £100m in a redevelopment and refurbishment project. The house was renovated, retaining all its best older features. Initially with 17 bedrooms, the Celtic Manor Hotel opened in 1982. With the addition of a modern three-storey extension, by the early 1990s the hotel’s capacity was expanded to 70 bedrooms. It received Egon Ronay Guide awards for the best hotel in Wales for five consecutive years.

Manor House

Incidentally, we can highly recommend a stay in the Manor House itself. You are right in the heart of the main resort complex, but there is something very special about the Manor. As you walk along the corridors, or eat in the main restaurant there, you get a real sense of what life must have been like ‘back in the day.’

Now with the addition of the ICC WALES it really is a fully inclusive resort in every sense.

Over the years the team here at SOUTH WALES LIFE have attended, and been a part of, many events at the resort. We can even go back to the day when Tina Turner stayed there after her appearance in Cardiff. We also helped host the Millennium Party some twenty years ago now. An incredible event, as we’re sure you can imagine. Headline act that night were 911 – you may have to do a bit of Google if you don’t remember them.

As with a lot of our venues, the resort have had to cancel many events, the most recent was the annual Polo At The Manor. Very sadly cancelled, but we’re sure it’ll be back bigger and better next year.

As well as the resort opening its doors to guests, there’s also a welcome return of international golf, albeit played behind closed doors (metaphorically). The Celtic Classic will be held from the 13th to 16th of August, with the Wales Open teeing off between the 20th and 23rd of the month. For more information read our feature HERE.

We feel sure as guests make their way back into the resort things will feel different, and let’s be honest, a little exciting to get out and do something away from our homes. For more details, and to see how the Celtic Manor are preparing for the 14th July, go ere. RESORT


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