The Old Coach House

The Old Coach House

Nestled in the Dyfi Valley, The Old Coach House at Aberangell sits next to the river. A peaceful haven surrounded by hills. Last Sunday, the owners kindly shared their garden with us as part of the National Garden Scheme.

The Old Coach House garden.

The garden.

The garden

A cottage garden.

Despite being a small, mainly flat, cottage-style garden, there is plenty to see. Narrow paths lead visitors around the garden. Sweeping informal flower beds feature a wide range of plants (mainly perennials and shrubs) which attract a large number of bees and other pollinating insects. The bees really were busy during our visit. They buzzed from flower to flower, barely stopping for even a second. Amongst the flowers, a small pond can be found at the centre of the garden.

A bee

Buzzing from flower to flower.



Beautiful flowers.

A vegetable patch was yielding delicious fruit and vegetables. Some strawberries and peas looked ready to pick and they took me straight back to my childhood… I loved picking the peas from our garden. I’d eat them straight out of the pod before they got anywhere near the kitchen but I wouldn’t touch them when they were cooked!

The vegetable patch
The vegetable patch

Peas in pods.


In one corner we found a couple of beehives with some hens hiding nearby. Oh, and not forgetting a very content cat fast asleep in the leaf pile.

The hens.

A number of seating areas are dotted around the garden. Spoilt for choice, you can sit overlooking the River Dyfi and the surrounding hills or sit and enjoy the colourful garden around you. Of course, this should be done with a cup of tea and a slice of cake (with the proceeds going to the wonderful charities supported by the National Garden Scheme).

A bench looking over the Dyfi Valley.
Sit and look over the Dyfi Valley.

The hills and River Dyfi.

Sit in the garden.

Sit and relax in the garden.

Not only was tea and cake on offer, but a lovely array of jams and plants too. We came away with a couple of plants – yet another Dalia for my growing collection in the garden and some kind of daisy (in case you haven’t guessed yet, I’m hopeless with plant names!).

The Old Coach House Garden

A type of large daisy.

A beautiful rose.


We thoroughly enjoyed our wander around the garden and we weren’t the only ones. A total of 84 people visited The Old Coach House between 11am and 5pm on Sunday, raising around £550. How great is that?

The National Garden Scheme has donated has donated over £8 million to Marie Curie funding nurses to care for people in their homes.

Please do check the National Garden Scheme website for any gardens open near you. I promise you won’t be disappointed!


  1. This is Heaven! It has to be!

    How gorgeous it all is. And how beautifully kept. Just look at how the paths are edged! Oh mercy! -smile-

    And your photos are amazing.

    You are so lucky there, to have such, to visit and enjoy. And to have these National Gardens and National Homes Organizations. To maintain and continue, such National Treasures. And to do such good works, as well.

    Gentle hugs,
    ‘Wisps of Words’
    A blogger in the upper N.E. of the U.S.

  2. Hi Nikki,

    I looked on the map to see where Aberangell is and whilst it is in Gwynedd, which is the county in which our friends live, it is right down at the other end to them. Perhaps next year we will see if a combined visit is doable, as The Old Coach House looks amazing and raised a huge amount of money for the lovely Marie Curie nurses.

    It was also quite fortuitous that there was a small amount of cloud cover that day, as the amazing colours of the many plants were truly enhanced by the backdrop.

    Some lovely pictures as ever, it is always a pleasure to stop by for a visit 🙂


    PS.The last gardens we visited this year, was Kew Gardens in London, however due to the recent heatwave conditions, many of the roses had already gone over, although the water lilies looked stunning this time!

  3. Anca says:

    That’s an amazing looking garden. They managed to raise quite a lot o money with the National Garden Scheme. Love your pictures, they are stunning.

  4. Angie says:

    Oh, oh, oh! This is the type of garden I always dreamed of having, until we moved to Montana. Now it will be more akin to a wild prairie! I was just saying to my husband that, since we are not visiting the UK until October this year, I will miss my summer fill of English gardens. Sigh. But I can still have tea and cake! Thanks for visiting my blog recently.

  5. Tracy Terry says:

    Oh my goodness! A haven indeed, this looks positively heavenly. Thank you so much for some idyllic photos on what is an incredibly wet (yet warm) day here in the NE of England.

    On a slightly different note Nikki I notice you are using Akismet. In the future I shall be posting under my now name of Felicity Grace Terry (I legally changed it a few weeks ago) rather than as Tracy Terry. If you could keep an eye out for this name as I know some bloggers are having problems with Akismet not recognising the name and thus assigning my comments as spam. Thanks.

  6. Val says:

    What an amazing garden! This is my fantasy house and garden. So picture perfect and calming. Eating peas fresh from the garden brings back childhood memories for me too.

  7. Beautiful flowers and what a lovely, quaint little setting. I would love a garden like this! I am also definitely going to have to check this scheme out. A couple of summers ago I visited the wonderful gardens of Hinton Admiral, on the Hampshire/Dorset border, with my mum and that was a scheme similar to this, or maybe it was this, I don’t remember!

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