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