Harvey Peters is the owner of Plas Glansevin and the founder of Minerva Consulting which has been based here since 1985. Harvey works in the UK and internationally, facilitating leadership and team-building programmes.
Harvey’s wife, Osanna Peters, is responsible for the interior design at Plas Glansevin, collecting artwork and furniture from her travels across Africa, Europe, and South East Asia.
It is thought that a dwelling, originally known as Llansevin, has been sited at Plas Glansevin for about a thousand years. There is a story in Welsh legend that Marchel, mother of St. Brychan Brycheiniog, king of the Kingdom of Brycheiniog (Brecon), whilst on a journey to Ireland with an escort of 300 men, rested for one night at “Llansevin”.
As a Grade II-listed building there are many interesting features including the portico with Doric columns, the sweeping Nash staircase, and the original fireplaces in the bedrooms and main living room.
The ten acres which make up the current grounds contain much of the history of the site. The oak tree that dominates the front lawn is over 800 years old. The back lawn was once a walled garden enclosing the outbuildings (now the dining room) up to the orchard on the far side of the lawn. Opposite the Coach House are the ruins of cow sheds and the barn, behind which are the kennels which housed the hounds for the local hunt, and give the woods their name – Kennel Woods.
From the 16th century until after World War II, Plas Glansevin was the seat of the Lloyd family. They are one of the oldest surviving families from the early peoples of Wales. Both lines of the family are of Celtic and princely origin, with connections from Edward I and Tendwr Mawr (Tudor the Great). Indeed, the oldest part of the house – bedroom 10 and the sitting room below it – was known as the Tudor House.
At the beginning of the 20th century Plas Glansevin fell vacant and into disrepair, although during World War II it was again occupied by the Lloyds when they took in evacuees from the south east of England. (Some years ago we were visited by an Australian who was billeted here during his periods of leave, unable as he was to return home.)
After a period as a family home, it was extensively renovated and turned into a hotel. Plas Glansevin became famous for its Welsh Nights, or “Hwyrnos”, which celebrated Welsh culture with traditional cooking, hospitality and music.
Since its purchase by the present owners in 1985, there has been a continuous programme of improvements.