South Wales & the Welsh Borders Garden Tour
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.
- 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.
- 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 mini-coach with PA system
- All garden admissions costs. For Garden Tours, National Trust, English Heritage and RHS admissions are not included.
- Heritage gardens(please note this does not include entrance to stately homes/houses, for which there is a separate admission fee)
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. Weddw House Garden consists of 2 acres of formal garden with a dramatic reflection pool alongside 2 acres of woodland.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast
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 28 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 dawdling through the second bookshops in Hay-on-Wye.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of the handful of garden rooms across the grounds. With 28 rooms, 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.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite 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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, indoor swimming pool, lounge, library and board games to borrow
After a day exploring cascade 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. Across the way in a separate building is a good-sized indoor swimming pool with floor-to-ceiling windows at one end. 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 Welsh 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 in the converted barn 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 sort of Welsh stew, or double roasted Welsh lamb. The kitchen offers up an Asian influence as well courtesy of the towns Gurkha community, and you might enjoy Nepalese momos (dumplings) or fillet of sea bream marinated with Nepalese spices for an alternative take on local tastes. Whatever, round your evening off with South Wales marmalade sponge with lashings of Penderyn whisky custard.
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What to Bring
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!
Leader to Be Announced
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All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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12 Jun - 19 Jun
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19 Jun - 26 Jun
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