A GRAND Powys hotel which closed last year is reopening – but excitement has been tempered after its new owners announced it will open only as a private residence for exclusive hire.

The stunning Caer Beris Manor, in Builth Wells, has long been a popular venue for weddings, parties and functions, boasting 23-en suite bedrooms and set in 18 acres of idyllic grounds, nestled on the banks of Builth’s River Irfon.

In July last year it opened the ‘Teulu’ restaurant, with Jamie Tully – who had previously been private chef to Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai and one of the world’s richest men – at the helm.


The aim was to achieve a Michelin star. But the restaurant shut barely three months later and the hotel was put on the market in January, with the previous owners the Southwick family bemoaning mounting costs and bills brought on by the energy crisis. 

Now the hotel has been bought by Group Retreats Ltd, who revealed on Wednesday that the Grade II listed manor is reopening. However, it will cater exclusively to large group gatherings, corporate events, and weddings.

Its beautiful grounds, meanwhile, which are enjoyed by dog walkers, runners and cyclists, will be closed to the public.

“Caer Beris Manor, the treasured Grade II listed historic manor house set in the picturesque backdrop of 18 acres of parkland overlooking the river Irfon, is thrilled to announce its grand reopening under new management,” said a post that appeared on its brand new Facebook page.

“Closed in December 2022 due to soaring utility and supplier costs, Caer Beris Manor has been given a new lease on life by Group Retreats Ltd.

“Under its new ownership, Caer Beris Manor has undergone a remarkable transformation, becoming a private residence exclusively available for those seeking a truly unique and personalised experience."

The hotel, which dates to the 19th century, has always been popular for weddings and parties, and has attracted both celebrities and locals, with a public bar and restaurant.

But Group Retreats said a “new model” was needed to take the venue forward.

Responding to one comment, suggesting local people would be excluded from the venue, the owners said: “Unfortunately, not enough locals supported the hotel and [that’s] why it went into administration.

“This is why a new model is needed in order to keep her going with the aim to bring more business into the local community.”

County Times:  Inside Caer Beris. Inside Caer Beris. (Image: None)

Addressing another comment about public access now being barred, the owners said: “I appreciate that this has been a path/route for walkers and runners for many years, but for the first time, this is now a private residence.

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“We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to the local community.”

Caer Beris was put on the market by its previous owners with a guide price of £1.75 million.

It closed in December 2022 and appeared on the market the following month.

Caer Beris is one of 11 properties owned and operated by Group Retreats across the UK, including Fawley Court, Hereford.