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Plants and people are at the heart of everything we do. This fantastic location will not only be a source of some of our natural ingredients but also a place for you to get hands on and experience what makes Naissance different.

Jem Skelding, Founder - Naissance

Naissance sources, manufactures and supplies ethically sourced natural oils and ingredients. At Naissance we source the very best that nature has to offer and as part of our continued growth, we are delighted to be settling into our new experience location at the beautiful Grade II* listed Glansevern Hall.

Romantically positioned on the banks of the River Severn in Mid Wales, Glansevern Hall Gardens offer over 25 stunning acres of diverse landscape and exotic planting. The spectacular estate comprises a variety of garden attractions, such as a five acre lake, a cascading Water Garden, lakeside and woodland walks, the more formal Walled Garden, the charming Folly Garden and the secluded Bird Hide, set where the River Severn meets the River Rhiew.

This fantastic location not only celebrates our proud Welsh heritage, but it is from here, surrounded by a rich variety of plants, that we take our inspiration for new ideas and products. Naissance will be growing some of its natural ingredients at Glansevern. The former Georgian Brew House is the new base for our formulators who work closely with our gardeners to bring the very best that nature has to offer, directly from the gardens and into the lab. From sowing and growing to distillation and extraction, we believe this connection and understanding between nature and people is fundamental and at the heart of all our products.

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WHAT TO SEE AND DO

There's lots to enjoy on a visit to Glansevern

The Victorian Courtyard at Glansevern Hall Gardens

The Victorian Courtyard

Glansevern’s stunning Victorian courtyard plays host to events throughout the year and is home to some fantastic local businesses, including Yvonne Wood Dental Hygiene and Counselling at Glansevern.

The Potting Shed Cafe at Glansevern Hall Gardens

The Potting Shed Cafe

Enjoy eating alfresco with beautiful views of the courtyard and glimpses into the lush Walled Garden or, on chillier days, curl up by the cosy log burner with a bowl of warming soup or a large cappuccino.

The Georgian Orangery at Glansevern Hall Gardens

The Georgian Orangery

Originally built to protect orange and other fruit trees during the winter, we have big plans for the beautiful Glansevern orangery, including some unique dining experiences.

The Victorian Courtyard at Glansevern Hall Gardens

The Walled Garden Tour

Visit the original walled garden and enjoy a breath taking display of herbs, fruits and flowers to awaken your senses and experience the true essence of Naissance.

The Potting Shed Cafe at Glansevern Hall Gardens

Distillation

Choose your favourite herb or flower from the abundance growing across the estate and join us for our distillation experience to create your own Essential Oil.

The Georgian Orangery at Glansevern Hall Gardens

Education

Take our years of experience and make them yours. Learn more about distillation, blending and how to make your own beautiful skincare and natural remedies.


THE LATEST


Introducing Rachel Ryvar

We’re delighted to welcome Rachel Ryvar to the Naissance team. Rachel is the new Head of Glansevern Estate and Gardens and her role is to develop Glansevern into a world class visitor experience. Rachel is passionate about horticulture and sustainability and we are really excited to start the next chapter of the Naissance Experience with Rachel on the team.

Tracks in the snow at Glansevern

Foraging and recipes

Making our first Glansevern-grown witch hazel distillate.
Around the Glansevern Hall Gardens Estate

Around the Estate

A few of the recent photos we loved from our walks around Glansevern.
Swans and Duck at Glansevern Hall Gardens

Wildlife

Our feathery friends enjoying the lake here at Glansevern.
Signs of Spring at Glansevern

Signs of Spring

Signs of new life and colour around the grounds...
A weeping pine tree at Glansevern Hall Gardens

The Weeping Pine

Pine resin is oozing from one of our big trees. The smell is simply amazing!
Winter at Glansevern

Winter at Glanservern

A few of the recent photos we loved from our walks around Glansevern.

Our Story

Naissance source, manufacture and supply natural and organic oils, butters, raw ingredients and skincare products.

Since our modest beginnings in 2005, we have continued to live our do good, feel good philosophy in search of new, more ethical and sustainable ways to approach our products and experience. When we realize that we can improve something, we put all our efforts into achieving it. This fantastic location will not only be a source of some of our natural ingredients but also a place for you to get hands on and experience what makes Naissance different.

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WHAT'S AT GLANSEVERN

An early 19th century estate with history and natural beauty at every turn

Elegant Greek revival house at Glansevern Hall Gardens

Elegant Greek revival house

Glansevern Hall and its surrounding buildings were built between the years of 1801 and 1806, for Arthur Davies Owen, a Welsh gentleman descended from Cadifor ap Daniwal, Lord of Castell Hywel.

Walks in a lakeside setting at Glansevern Hall Gardens

Walks in a lakeside setting

At our five acre Lake you will find plenty of peaceful places to sit, and from where you can meander through dappled, wooded shade over an iron footbridge offering views across the Lake.

25 acres of gardens at Glansevern Hall Gardens

25 acres of gardens

Glansevern is home to a mixture of formal planting, lawns and unusual specimen trees. Closer to the house is our walled garden, Wisteria fountain, a Georgian orangery and traditional long borders.


THE GARDENS

A bio-diverse selection of ancient trees, flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables

The Gardens at Glansevern Hall Gardens

Hand-crafted Ginkgo Gates open the way to the original walled garden, bursting with flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables and from Spring to Autumn is a haven of colour and scent. The criss-crossing paths lined with flowers and herbs lead to follies and hidden corners where you will find everything from borders of lavender and trees laden with apples to the rich colours and aromas of calendula and roses.

Discover the extraordinary Victorian Grotto and Rockery dating from around 1840. Continue through the Folly Garden and Wildflower Meadow (seasonal), down to the River Severn and the secluded, raised Bird Hide by the river’s edge. Discover the charming, cascading Water Garden, fed from the Montgomeryshire Canal, with Candelabra Primulas, Hostas and other water loving plants. The Lakeside Walk leads you past the Island and its Iron Gazebo, a haven for visiting waterfowl, which can include swans, geese, goosanders, pochard and, if you are lucky, our resident kingfishers.

Closer to the house, the Formal Gardens offer a stunning, scented Wisteria Fountain Walk (seasonal), traditional long borders, peonies and the original Georgian Orangery.

GINKGO AT GLANSEVERN

Ginkgo Gate at Glansevern Hall Gardens

Ginkgo biloba, or maidenhair, is a tree native to China that has been grown for thousands of years for a variety of uses. Because it’s the only surviving member of an ancient order of plants, it’s sometimes referred to as a living fossil. While its leaves and seeds are often used in traditional Chinese medicine, modern research primarily focuses on ginkgo extract, which is made from the leaves. Ginkgo is associated with several health claims and uses, most of which focus on brain function and blood circulation.

Given the heritage and importance of such a magnificent species of tree, that currently stands tall at Glansevern, and the beautiful Ginkgo gates in the courtyard, we took this as inspiration for our new Glansevern Hall Gardens branding.


THE HISTORY OF GLANSEVERN

Glansevern is steeped in over 200 years of botanical and architectural importance

Engraving of Glansevern Hall

Glansevern Hall and its surrounding buildings were built between the years of 1801 and 1806, for Arthur Davies Owen, a Welsh gentleman descended from Cadifor ap Daniwal, Lord of Castell Hywel. The hall is Grade II* listed, and was built under the architectural guidance of Joseph Bromfield of Shrewsbury, whose work is also seen at Rug near Corwen, Nannau near Dolgellau and Attingham Park in Shropshire. The building is of great historic and architectural importance: the main south front (five bays, broken by four Ionic pilasters which support a plain architrave) was compared with the Petit Trianon of Versailles by John Hilling in ‘The Historic Architecture of Wales’, while Richard Haslam (working with Nikolaus Pevsner, an esteemed scholar of the history of architecture) described Glansevern as “an austere Greek Revival house of Cefn stone”.

In 1876 the estate passed through the female line to the Humphreys, who adopted the additional name of Owen and took up the Owen coat of arms. The Humphreys-Owen family were at Glansevern until 1951 when the property was sold. A succession of short-term owners followed.

In 1982, Neville and Jenny Thomas bought the estate. By this time, the estate and hall had fallen into disrepair, and the Thomases worked incredibly hard over many years to restore it to a fully functioning estate. Their work in the gardens was particularly prolific, and so it was that they came to open their gardens up to the public in 1996. In 2015, the Thomas family retired and ownership of Glansevern passed to Caroline Owen and Richard Van Den Berg, who were committed to keeping the estate open for supporters far and wide to come and enjoy. Naissance purchased Glansevern in 2020, with its founder Jem Skelding passionate about writing a new chapter in the estate's legacy, not only as an inspiring experience location, but also as a sustainable and botanically-diverse source of ingredients.

To the history of the gardens themselves, there is little record of the original layout, save that the Walled Garden is known to have been planned to its present dimensions in 1805. Its interior was entirely remodelled in 2001 to offer nine separate “rooms” including “The Roses” and “Fairytale”. The impressive Rock Garden and Grotto is said to date from around 1840, and there is a garden plan of 1880 signed by Edward Milner, father of Henry Ernest Milner who wrote ‘The Art and Practise of Landscape Gardening’ in 1890.


VISITING US

Information about visiting the Naissance Experience at Glansevern

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Hall and Gardens are currently closed to the public.


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