The Celtic Manor Resort
is a golf
and leisure resort in Newport
, south Wales
. It consists of two adjoining hotels, a country inn, two golf and country clubs, and a multi-purpose conference centre. It was the venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup
, the first to be held in Wales.
The resort, owned by Sir Terry Matthews
, is located on the south-facing side of Christchurch Hill
in eastern Newport
, overlooking Junction 24 of the M4 motorway
. The golf courses extend over the ridge and down the north-facing side of the hill into the Vale of Usk
, with views up to the Wentwood escarpment
. The resort covers of land.
The earliest record of a building on the resort site was 1634, when it was the residence of the High Sheriff
, Lewis Van.
The Manor House
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
, Coldra Hall was leased to a number of tenants, including the Firbank family from 1900–1915. 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 Mr Firbank's death in 1915, the hall was sold to Sir John Wyndham
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