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Gardens of Monmouthshire and South Wales

Llanover House, Dyffryn Gardens, Veddw House, High Glanau
Wyndcliffe Court, Dewstow, Slade Garden, Highfield Farm
From the Marriott St Pierre Park Hotel Chepstow 4*
6 – 9 June 2022 (3 nights)

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Just over the Severn Bridge into Wales there are some wonderful gardens to visit in Monmouthshire and South Glamorgan.  Set in extensive parkland in the Why Valley, just outside Chepstow, the Marriott St Pierre Park Hotel 4* has extensive leisure facilities with a golf course and ideally placed for the garden visits. Arrive and check into the hotel on Monday 6 June.

Tuesday 7 June:  This morning a visit to Llanover House.  A fascinating and unusual private garden created in the eighteenth century by the ancestor of the current owners. The Rhyd-y-meirch stream tumbles through the gently sloping 15 acre garden creating ponds, channels, rills and cascades. Numerous herbaceous borders full of complimentary colours, textures and shapes providing beauty and interest throughout the seasons. Seven generations of the family have carefully placed unusual trees and shrubs to give memorable views.  Continue to High Glanau Manor.  The garden has truly spectacular views towards the distant Brecon Beacons – this was Henry Avray Tipping’s own Arts and Crafts garden and the present owners have lovingly restored them to their former glory with impressive stone terraces and wonderful herbaceous borders. A lunch will be served in the garden.  Then a late afternoon visit to Highfield Farm. A garden created by two talented plants-people with some very tempting plant sales!  This is a garden defined by its plants with many rarities, densely planted over two acres and superb views of the Welsh hills.

Wednesday 8 June: Continuing towards Cardiff - a visit to Dewstow.  Built around 1895 the gardens were lost for 50 years, with tunnels and underground grottoes buried under thousands of tonnes just after the war, then rediscovered in 2000. The gardens contain many ponds and rills and a fascinating labyrinth of underground grottoes, tunnels and sunken ferneries.  Then to Dyffryn Gardens.   These are an exceptional example of Edwardian garden design, covering more than 55 acres.  They feature a stunning collection of intimate garden rooms including a rose garden, Pompeian garden and several ponds.  Designed by eminent landscape architect Thomas Mawson in 1906, the gardens are the early 20th-century vision of coal magnate John Cory.  Continue south west to the Slade Garden - an unexpected jewel next to the sea with views overlooking the Bristol Channel. The garden tumbles down a valley protected by a belt of woodland. In front of the house are delightful formal areas a rose and clematis pergola and herbaceous borders.

Thursday 9 June: Checking out of your rooms before visiting two gardens within a very short distance of the hotel. Veddw House - A garden set in the wonderful countryside of the Welsh borders is a combination of old and new, wild and tamed, casual and constrained. Its unifying elements are the simplicity of the plantings and the structure of the hedges and walls that enclose them.  Wyndcliffe Court Gardens surround a Grade II* listed Arts and Crafts style country house completed in 1922.  These exceptional and unaltered gardens were designed by Tipping in the Arts and Crafts 'Italianate' style. Stone summerhouse, yew hedging and topiary, sunken garden terracing and steps with lily pond and a recently replanted rose garden. There will be an early lunch here before returning to the hotel to collect cars or drop at the station for 2.15 pm.

 

 

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 3 nights’ accommodation, dinner and buffet breakfast
  • 2 lunches with a glass of wine, refreshments in the gardens.
  • All garden entries and tours.
  • Executive coaching and Heritage Touring representative

 

Price per person: £655
Single Supplement: £28 per night (£84)
Non-refundable deposit: £175

Nearest station :  Chepstow (3 miles)
(Newport or Bristol Parkway – 16/14 miles with more direct trains)
Plenty of parking at the hotel

St Pierre Park Hotel and Country Club

St Pierre Park Hotel and Country Club
St Pierre Park, Chepstow NP16 6YA

Website: https://www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/cwlgs-st-pierre-marriott-hotel-and-country-club/

Tour Price includes:

3 nights’ accommodation, dinner and buffet breakfast

2 lunches with a glass of wine, refreshments in the gardens.

All garden entries and tours.

Executive coaching and Heritage Touring representative

Price per person:    £649

Single Supplement: £26 per night (£78)

Non-refundable deposit:  £175

Nearest station :  Chepstow (3 miles)

(Newport or Bristol Parkway – 16/14 miles with more direct trains)

Plenty of parking

Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate,  lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching. 

You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed.  We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.

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