Glansevern Gardens are 30 minutes from Pen-y-Dyffryn Hotel. The gardens extend to 25 acres and are a mixture of formal planting, lawns, a huge lake and many unusual and ancient specimen trees.T he path around the lake passes through mixed woodland, under-planted with flowering shrubs giving colour and interest throughout the year.
Begin your tour from the elegant Georgian courtyard through the magnificent new Ginkgo gates into the original walled garden. This was entirely remodelled in 2001 and comprises separate themed “rooms”, including a Rose Garden, White Garden, Kitchen and Cutting Garden. Open the large oak door and discover the extraordinary Victorian Grotto and Rockery dating from around 1840. Continue through the Folly Garden and Wildflower Meadow (seasonal), down to the River Severn and the secluded, raised Bird Hide by the river’s edge.
The longer walk will take you to the five acre Lake where you will find plenty of peaceful places to sit, and from where you can meander through dappled, wooded shade over an iron footbridge offering views across the Lake. Discover the charming, cascading Water Garden, fed from the Montgomeryshire Canal, with Candelabra Primulas, Hostas and other water loving plants. The Lakeside Walk leads you past the Island and its Iron Gazebo, a haven for visiting waterfowl, which can include swans, geese, goosanders, pochard and, if you are lucky, resident kingfishers.
Closer to the house, the Formal Gardens offer a stunning, scented Wisteria Fountain Walk (seasonal), traditional long borders, peonies and the original Georgian Orangery.
Return to Courtyard in time for lunch or afternoon tea at the friendly and stylish Potting Shed Café opposite the fountain, and pop in to the Chic Shed Shop to purchase original gifts.