With Glansevern Hall Gardens being just a few miles down the road, I’d been meaning to visit for years but somehow had never made it. So with nothing to do on a hot day in June, Mum and I decided to head there for a wander around.
Nestled between the rivers Severn and Rhiw, Glansevern Hall and its Gardens sit in 25 acres of land next to the A483 at Refail, between Newtown and Welshpool, in Mid Wales. The hall itself is private and not open to visitors, however, the gardens, with a lake, folly garden, walled garden, woodland, meadow and more, are stunning in their own right and are well worth visiting.
Entry is via the Georgian courtyard where visitors will find The Potting Shed Cafe (with tables inside and out) and The Chic Shed Shop. The cafe was doing a roaring trade whilst we were there, but the shop didn’t seem to be open (although there were some plants on sale outside the cafe). The cafe and shop are free to visit, with tickets for the gardens on sale inside the cafe. However, once we’d bought our tickets nobody checked them as we ventured into the gardens. I do wonder how many ticket sales are missed out on.
We headed straight to the lake and took in the Lakeside Walk. As soon as we got to the lakeside we were lucky enough to catch sight of a heron landing in a tree (it’s not often you see birds that big around here!). We found plenty of benches and places to sit and take in the wonderful views.
Birdwatchers will be pleased to know there is a bird hide in the meadow overlooking the river. However, there are also plenty of opportunities to see all sorts of wildlife around the gardens. As well as the heron, we spotted a squirrel jumping through the grass and up into a tree, bees and many garden birds flying about. Unfortunately, there were one or two bugs about too – one decided to climb my leg and another decided to bite my arm!
As well as wildlife, the gardens boastfully display all sorts of flowers, plants and trees, including the Akebia Walk and Wisteria Walk found inside The Walled Gardens. They really are beautiful.
Back in the courtyard, The Potting Shed Cafe makes a welcome stop for refreshments after a couple of hours wandering around the gardens.
We enjoyed our trip out to Glansevern Hall Gardens and will definitely be visiting again.