Glansevern Hall’s 25-acre gardens are beside the River Severn in a beautiful parkland setting with views to the Kerry Hills. The garden contains many fine and unusual trees and a vast collection of new and interesting plants. The walled garden has themed areas – a Rose Garden, a White Garden, Kitchen Garden and Cutting Garden. A large oak door leads to a Victorian grotto and rockery, then visitors can walk through the Folly Garden and wildflower meadow down to the river and the Bird Hide. The Formal Gardens has a scented wisteria fountain walk, long borders and a Georgian Orangery. A longer walk takes you to the five-acre lake which proves a haven for visiting waterfowl.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open Tue-Sat & BH Mon 10.30-5 (10.30-4 winter)
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About the area
The largest unitary authority in Wales, Powys covers an area of approximately 2,000 square miles. Much of that is mountainous because it actually has the lowest population density of all the Welsh counties.
This much wild, empty space is perhaps best typified by the International Dark Sky Reserve in the Brecon Beacons National Park, one of only eleven in the world. The absence of light pollution creates an exceptional spot for star gazing. You won’t find any cities in Powys, just villages and smaller-sized towns, but that’s the way its inhabitants like it.
Newtown, the largest settlement, is perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of Robert Owen, the founder of the Co-operative movement. Brecon is a market town set on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, while the pretty Victorian spa town of Llandrindod Wells boasts the National Cycle Collection. Elsewhere, Hay-on-Wye hosts a major literary festival every year.
Powys is liberally scattered with castles, burial mounds, hill forts, and other historic markers; Powis Castle, near Welshpool is probably one of the most impressive. And for walking enthusiasts, it’s not just the Brecon Beacons on offer – the Elan Valley describes itself as the ‘Welsh Lake District’.
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