Cae Hir Gardens
Owned and managed by the Akkermans family who moved here from Holland in 1983, Cae Hir consists of 6 acres of meadowland that have been converted into a series of beautiful gardens. With the Blue, Yellow, Red and Gold gardens to visit, as well as the Bonsai and Bog gardens, it’s possible to see many different types of plants here, all used in unusual or highly original ways. Never afraid to push the boundaries of garden design, owner Will Akkermans is now mixing wild flowers with cultivated ones in some parts of the garden and experimenting with agaves, half-hardy trees and shrubs. Also on site is a water-garden fed by natural ponds and a stream. To complete your visit pop in to the garden tea room where you’ll find delicious whole strawberries in the strawberry jam that’s such a vital part of your cream tea.
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About The area
The name ‘Ceredigion’ takes a bit of explanation. The town of Cardigan gives its name to the surrounding bay, but the county now uses the Welsh word for Cardiganshire – Ceredigion, pronounced with a ‘dig’. Cardigan Bay itself is a large inlet of the Irish Sea and stretches from Bardsey Island to Strumble Head. With many beaches and a unique marine life, it’s the place to come to spot bottlenose dolphins, porpoises and Atlantic grey seals. The area is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), designated under European law to protect its species and habitats. The Ceredigion coastal path is also a major attraction.
Much of the surrounding land is fertile farmland, dotted with towns and seaside resorts such as Fishguard, New Quay, Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Borth, Aberdyfi, Barmouth and Porthmadog. It’s also a section of coast that major rivers flow into, including the Afon Glaslyn, Teifi, Rheidol, Dyfi, Aeron, Dysynni and Mawddach. Historically, the area supported a strong maritime industry. Cardigan was a major hub, once having more than 300 ships registered in its port, seven times as many as Cardiff. Due to being something of a backwater, in many ways this area remains charmingly unspoilt. The nearby heather-clad Preseli Hills are an additional delight.
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