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The Celtic Manor Resort is set in 1400 acres of panoramic parkland in the beautiful Usk Valley close to Newport.
It has two luxury hotels. The modern Resort Hotel with its soaring lass atrium opened in 1999 and has 330 rooms and 32 suites. The 19th century Manor House is a beautiful sandstone building with original Georgian lead windows, wood panelled walls and a sweeping wooden staircase. This has 70 bedrooms.
The Celtic Manor features 4 restaurants both formal and informal, notably the flagship Owens which has received 2 AA rosettes. There are also three bars.
It has been voted Wales’ leading golf resort, was the venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup and home of The Celtic Manor Wales Open. Facilities include the Roman Road championship course and two new 18-hole courses – the Ryder Cup Course and The Montgomerie (open summer 2007). There is also a world-class Golf Academy, The Lodge - a superb golf clubhouse, 2 health clubs, 2 luxurious spas with sauna, jacuzzi, 2 gyms and indoor swimming pool. Tennis, shooting, mountain biking and walking trails are also available.
Many have deep concern about the environmental effects of golf courses, so why include this resort? The Celtic Manor Resort has in fact taken some steps to demonstrate its concern for green issues. With help from the Carbon Trust and, following an energy audit, it installed several thousand energy efficient light bulbs to reduce electricity consumption, CO2 emissions and maintenance costs.
The resort trained 200 key employees to understand the threat faced by climate change, as well as its impacts from a global, national, local and individual perspective. It established a Green Team, composed of members from each department, to discuss environmental improvements.
Following this, Helen Turner, its Health, Safety and Environment coordinator said, “We’ve noticed a dramatic change in our employees’ approach to the way they use energy. For example, staff members in our Leisure Department have created a ‘shut procedure’, which ensures that all equipment and lighting is switched off each evening. They have also begun to monitor their energy consumption on an interactive site and report back to the Green Team on a monthly basis."