South Wales & the Welsh Borders Garden Tour

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Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Garden Tours
from £1,189pp

Explore inspirational Welsh gardens at their best. The wonderful creations of iconic landscape architects – including Capability Brown’s Berrington Hall and Thomas Mawson’s Arts & Crafts garden at Dyffryn – are a must-see and provide a glimpse into the heyday of opulent country gardens. The tour also features the National Botanic Gardens of Wales and the peaceful Westonbury Mill Water Gardens.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the creations of the iconic Capability Brown at Berrington Hall and Thomas Mawson at Dyffryn
  • Explore the maze and find its hidden secret at Hampton Court Castle Garden
  • Meander through the peace and quiet of Westonbury Mill Water Gardens
  • Visit the sprawling gardens at Hergest Croft - home to three UK national collections

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • The guidance and services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • All transport to and from gardens on a comfortable, good-quality coach
  • All admission costs including those for English Heritage, National Trust, and RHS Gardens. Some venues have stately homes/houses which incur a separate admission fee should you wish to visit - you will need to pay for this yourself. 

 

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

You can check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. All guests are invited to join us for afternoon tea – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.


Berrington Hall provides a fine example of the work of Lancelot “Capability” Brown with wide vistas and seemingly natural landscapes yet carefully constructed and built on a massive scale to achieve the great parkland scenery. In the afternoon,  we continue on to Stockton Bury Gardens - a smaller garden yet equally well-acclaimed, which incorporates a Victorian kitchen garden and a new pavilion from which you can enjoy marvellous views of the surrounding countryside. 


Our morning travels take us to the peace and quiet of Westonbury Mill Water Gardens. Set across five acres, these gardens offer several distinct areas, linked by a tangle of bridges over the streams and ponds. The afternoon at Hergest Croft is by contrast a more planterly affair with magnificent trees, impressive borders and plants collected from all over the World.


Discover more about Nythfa House and the local area for ideas on how to make the most of your free day.


The National Botanic Garden of Wales opened in the early part of this century and now shows off plants within modern design and technology. The state of the art and vast glasshouse contains one of the finest collections of Mediterranean plants in the World. As there is so much to see here, we'll spend our full day exploring this landmark attraction. 


Two interesting visits today will show differing perspectives of Welsh life in the past. At Dyffryn we visit magnificent Edwardian gardens designed by Thomas Mawson for John Cory who had built his wealth on coal and shipping. At St Fagan’s, by contrast, we see more humble abodes and gardens which have been saved and rebuilt from places across Wales.


The gardens at Hampton Court Castle have lots to offer, including a maze, beautiful herbaceous borders, water features and a fantastic forest backdrop. We will also benefit from a guided tour of the castle too! On our final afternoon, we will have some time to explore Leominster before returning to the house for our dinner.


Depart after a leisurely breakfast


Nythfa House

Pretty country pile Nythfa House stands above the traditional mid-Wales market town of Brecon and sits within easy reach of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Having spent its early life as a large private house, the building has been converted into a comfortable country hotel. The interiors look like they’ve evolved naturally over time, staying rooted in the local area and house architecture while being filled with contemporary furniture and colours. As well as 31 rooms and a range of public spaces and an inviting indoor pool to tempt you, there are pretty grounds and a short walk to the streets of Brecon itself. The contrasting countryside close by provides challenges including sweeping ridges, an ascent of the Black Mountains and scaling Pen-y-Fan as well as more subtle strolls through the river-carved landscapes of the Melte Valley, along the trail of a series of awesome waterfalls, or time spent dawdling through the second-hand bookshops in Hay-on-Wye.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of the eight garden rooms or three single bed pool rooms across the grounds. With 31 rooms - including four on the ground floor - Nythfa House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Classic, Premium and Superior Rooms to choose from. Opt for Rooms 6 or 7 in the main house for delightfully decorated, spacious places to stay, each with sumptuous views over the garden and Brecon Beacons. Room 21 is a quirky ‘Premium’ room up in the eaves, with a separate sitting space and cosy bedroom - just mind your head on the low ceiling! Look out for the fresh floral designs in the pretty garden rooms too, which have their own small deck from which to enjoy views of the gardens.

All ‘Classic' rooms are en-suite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television. Upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot and drying room, indoor swimming pool, extensive garden, conservatory, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring waterfall country or the Beacons, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. At the front of the house there’s a pretty garden to pause in, with a putting green and croquet lawn attached. Duck into the conservatory to enjoy views out over the gardens from under the twisting branches of an old vine. Whether you relax in the lounge, or get together with other guests for a board game or great conversation, make sure to make time for the cosy bar, and try a dram of award-winning whisky from the local Penderyn distillery, which uses water from the Brecon Beacons National Park. There’s also a Brecon Botanicals gin that’s wonderfully well regarded.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Food at Nythfa House is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area. 

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Nythfa House

 

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Getting to Nythfa House

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Essential Information

As you'll be walking around the gardens please bring solid, comfortable footwear for rough, wet or uneven terrain in gardens, and clothes for the great British weather! Please also expect to spend most of the day on your feet exploring the gardens you visit.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2022
17 Jun - 24 Jun 2022
7 Garden Tour £1,189 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
01 Jul - 08 Jul 2022
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Duration:
7 nights
Interests:
Garden Tours

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