In the corner of a quiet street in Whitton, near Knighton, sits Tranquility Haven. At first glance, it looks like an unassuming property, but through the gate lies something unexpected in Mid Wales… a Japanese Stroll Garden.
A path winds its way around this tightly packed garden with a stream running through the centre. It’s not a big garden, but it certainly packs a lot in and there’s so much to see. Even the two red footbridges are striking in colour.
During my visit, the blossom was in full bloom and there was an array of colours throughout the garden. It’s such a peaceful place with just the babbling of the stream, birdsong and the odd passing car to be heard. It really does have a fitting name.
There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy these wonderful surroundings, whether it’s up on the terrace by the house or down in the Japanese Tea House. It’s worth looking out at the views surrounding Tranquility Haven too. Views out of the garden look towards the historic Offa’s Dyke Path which roughly follows the Wales/England border. If you’ve got a couple of weeks to spare, Offa’s Dyke Path is definitely worth a walk, or, of course, you could do it in sections.
Tranquility Haven is a private garden that opens for the National Garden Scheme, helping raise vital funds for nursing and health care charities. I am a volunteer for the NGS and last weekend I visited in advance of Tranquility Haven’s pop-up opening tomorrow (2nd May 2021) to take some photos. The garden opens again in June and October when it will have evolved with more plants flowering. I’m looking forward to visiting again to see how the garden changes throughout the year.
Tranquility Haven’s owner Val and her late husband created this garden from scratch 15 years ago, but it was only in 2019 that Val decided to open her garden. She wanted to give something back after her husband died of cancer – he had help from Macmillan Cancer Support, one of the health care charities which benefit from the money raised by the National Garden Scheme.
If you would like to visit Tranquility Haven, please pre-book your tickets on the NGS website.
Tranquility Haven is open:
Sunday, 2nd May 2021
Saturday, 5th June 2021
Sunday, 6th June 2021
Saturday, 12th June 2021
Sunday, 13th June 2021
Saturday, 2nd October 2021
Sunday, 3rd October 2021
Saturday, 16th October 2021
Sunday, 17th October 2021
The garden is also open by arrangement between April and October for groups of up to 20.
Tranquility Haven, 7 Lords Land, Whitton, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1NJ.