‘I stumbled across Plas Brondanw Gardens after doing a bit of research on gardens in North Wales. After reading that it was the home of the man responsible for the design of nearby Portmeirion, I bundled LT into the car and forced him to drive there…’
Plas Brondanw Gardens is owned and managed by the Clough Williams-Ellis Trust and is the estate where he lived with his wife. The estate is open to the public (obviously….I mean, we didn’t break in or anything) and admission is £4 per adult.
The gardens are located just outside the lovely village of Garreg and, on approach; we spotted brightly coloured wrought iron gates, which immediately reminded me of Portmeirion.
The gardens are a fair size, extremely well maintained, and a riot of beautiful colours. In between the manicured head rows and shaped bushes are iron gates and barriers, which are all painted with a distinctive blue and yellow theme.
|Clough Williams-Elis House|
|The main house from the gardens|
|Warning: Extreme Flower Close Up…|
Coffee and cakes…
In addition to walking around the gardens and checking out the varieties of flowers and plants, we paid a visit to the Café, where the perpetually hungry LT indulged in the most amazing pork and apple roll.
Seriously, people, it was so good that when I asked to taste it, I could see tears welling in his eyes at the mere thought of losing out on a single bite. I mean he even took a photo of it. He’ll probably use it as the new wallpaper on his phone…
|You can’t beat a bit of company in the garden.|
Climbing the tower
After prising LT away from the Café, we headed up to the tower. The tower is located in a different location from the main gardens, but is just a short walk away.
You can climb to the top of the tower, but watch your step as it’s quite a tight space and the ceiling is rather low. We were fine because we’re too short for this to have any impact. Normal sized people, however, would definitely risk knocking themselves out on some stone. And a large bump on the head’s definitely not the kind of souvenir you want to take home, is it?
Plas Brondanw is open on a seasonal basis, until September 30th. These are some of LT’s photos from the day. I’ve left out his lunch, just because. You can thank me later.
|Rhododendrons? Am I right??|
|Stone slab commemorating the rebuilding of the main house|
|Climb up the Tower for some amazing views|