South Wales & the Welsh Borders Garden Tour

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Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Garden Tours
from £1,189pp £1,119pp

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 beautifully restored “lost” garden of Aberglasney, the National Botanic Gardens of Wales and the elegant Weir gardens on the banks of the River Wye.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the creations of the iconic Capability Brown at Berrington Hall and Thomas Mawson at Dyffryn
  • Explorer the maze and find its hidden secret at Hampton Court Castle Garden
  • Built above the ruinous central rooms of the mansion the glass atrium at Aberglasney houses a unique collection of sub-tropical plants. 
  • visit the three sided walled garden and impressive glass house at the historic Weir garden on the banks of the River Wye.

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 with a PA system
  • All garden admission costs except those for English Heritage, National Trust and RHS Gardens. If you are a member of these organisations, don't forget to bring your membership cards! Some venues have stately homes/houses which incur a separate admission fee should you wish to visit.

 

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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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.


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.


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. 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.


A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House.


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. Aberglasney was made famous by the BBC television series “A Garden Lost in Time” which followed its restoration which began in the 1990s. Today it is one of Wales’ finest gardens.


The Weir is a naturalistic garden bordered by the River Wye. It provides a tranquil haven in the Herefordshire countryside. Stockton Bury is more formal and with 4 acres of kitchen garden, pigeon house, grotto, rill and greenhouse all developed in what was part of the family farm some 30 years ago.


The gardens at Hampton Court Castle have lots to offer, including a maze, beautiful herbaceous borders, water features and a fantastic forest back drop. Veddw House Garden consists of two acres of formal garden with a dramatic reflection pool alongside two acres of woodland.


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.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas.

In Scotland and Wales physical distancing is still in place so this will be adhered to indoors and outdoors. Guests will need to wear face masks in public areas except when eating and drinking. The Scottish and Welsh governments are reviewing their guidance in August and we will adapt our measures in line with any updated guidance at this time.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

At this time the evening social programme has been replaced by individual or small group walks talks which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options with leaders. All of our swimming pools have opened as planned, except for Brecon and Glen Coe, which have delayed pool re-openings. Guests may need to book a time when they wish to swim (30-minute slots) if the number of guests exceeds the pool capacity. 

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

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 Good, Better and Best 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 ‘Better’ 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 ‘Good’ rooms are en-suite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ 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 room and drying room, extensive garden, 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. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Nythfa House is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours. Make a beeline for the big bay window table to try Cawl Cennin, a leek broth, served with a Welsh Rarebit finger, followed by Tatws Pum Munud, a speciality Welsh potato dish, or double roasted Welsh lamb. Round your evening off with South Wales marmalade sponge with lashings of Penderyn whisky custard.

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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Essential Information

As you'll be walking around the gardens please bring stout, comfortable footwear for rough, wet or uneven terrain in gardens, and clothes for the great British weather!

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

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2022
01 Jul - 08 Jul 2022
7 Garden Tour £1,189 £1,119 Save £70 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Interests:
Garden Tours

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