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What a find! Aberglasney Gardens and house,Llangathen,Carmarthenshire.


Too late to cancel but so pleased we didn’t…..Aberglasney Gardens were certainly on our ‘places to see’ list.The House itself was made famous by the BBC TV series ‘A Garden lost in Time’ which followed its restoration. There are over 20 different garden styles from formal to woodland through to the exotic and modern. The following photos show just a few of them.

The main Victorian entrance gates.

Below are 2 photos of the cloistered garden enclosed on one side by a border of Cannas and the other the ancient arches.

Below a very impressive line of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

View of the lake with Cornus co troversa ’ Variegata’ growing beside it.

Long hedge of Verbena bonariensis.Their method of growing the perrenials was in a straight diagonal lines.

The next few photos show The Ninfarium…it was completed in 2005 and houses sub- tropical and exotic plants….A glass atrium has been built above the ruinous central rooms of the mansion.As you can imagine the heat was immense in there so our viewing was short.

Camellia Japonica Grandiflora.
Blooms were magnificent.

We came upon a distressed young Robin desperately trying to find shade or water…popped him under some foliage.

Striking ceiling chandelier in the main house where art exhibitions are held.

Below an army of wheelbarrows waiting to be used.

There were plenty of welcomed seats in the shady woodland and of course the obligatory restaurant at the end of our visit.
Well worth visiting if any of you are holidaying in West Wales.

We were staying in the charming c.400 year old Welsh Longhouse
Ty Mawr country hotel in the beautiful Cothi Valley famous for the majestic Red Kites.Saw a few of them circling above us whilst we were sitting in the garden. Only 8 bedrooms..Taken over by a very enthusiastic young couple.

The dining room below.

We came away feeling more enriched by the Welsh history,relaxed and well fed!!! Just what we needed.

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Thanks for taking us on your lovely anniversary trip, Julia! Firstly, the country house hotel looks beautiful, I do love the exterior colour and the grounds surrounding the building are lovely.
Your visit to Aberglasney must have been quite a treat! Thankfully there were shady nooks to rest yourselves from the heat and intensity of the sun.
Must agree, those camelia blooms were magnificent indeed!
Kudos to you for assisting the little robin, bless.
It definitely was a wonderful anniversary getaway. I read up that the modern take on your anniversary year is glass.

13 Aug, 2022


Oh Kate ,I didn't know it was glass...thank you...funnily Rich gave me Skagen blue sea glass earrings!
Pleased you enjoyed the blog.It was a super break.x

13 Aug, 2022


Oh they do sound very lovely, Julia!!! I wonder if maybe he had secretly researched the year himself??? You never know! I'm pleased you both had a smashing time 😊

13 Aug, 2022


That's not very far from where Hywel . Gld you had a lovey outing - a shady garden is just what we need this weather

13 Aug, 2022


Stera,I'd forgotten that....what a shame.

13 Aug, 2022


What a lovely place to celebrate your anniversary Julia. Thanks for sharing. Aberglasney Gardens look gorgeous so does the hotel you stayed in.
Just a note that the "Camellia Japonica Grandiflora." in your picture is a "Magnolia Grandiflora". (details , details :-) They are magnificent but very large plants. Evergreens too which is not usual for Magnolias.

Happy belated anniversary wishes to you and your OH.

13 Aug, 2022


Thank you Klahanie for pointing that was so very hot in there that bending down very low in order to see the label was difficult.
We felt both places boosted us ....West Wales seemed much more verdant.

13 Aug, 2022


Just remembered I went there once with a WI trip and it was a real hot day, rather like this weekend. I don't remember much about it except that the loos were of order...

13 Aug, 2022


Julia, I really enjoyed your photos from your visit to Aberglasney. I had to look up the word Ninfarium though!

14 Aug, 2022


So pleased are so honest...I had to do the same!! Ha ha.

14 Aug, 2022


So did I :-)

15 Aug, 2022


Ha ha!!

15 Aug, 2022

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