(Photography by Ginger Hound Photos, Ally Clarke)
Glansevern Hall, an elegant Greek revival house, is romantically positioned on the banks of the River Severn in a beautiful parkland setting with sweeping views over Mid Wales, to the Kerry Hills and the Montgomeryshire County War Memorial.
The gardens extend to 25 acres and are a mixture of formal planting, lawns, a huge lake and many unusual and ancient specimen trees.
Begin your tour from the elegant Georgian courtyard through our magnificent new Ginkgo gates into the original walled garden. This was entirely remodelled in 2001 and comprises separate themed “rooms”, including a Rose Garden, White Garden, Kitchen and Cutting Garden.
Open the large oak door and 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.
The longer walk will take you to the five acre Lake where 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. 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.
Return to Courtyard in time for lunch or afternoon tea at our friendly and stylish Potting Shed Café opposite the fountain, and pop in to our Chic Shed Shop to purchase original gifts.
Please click the image above to view the Garden Map
The recommended routes have been designed so that you tailor your visit as you wish: a leisurely wander through the Akebia Walk, a stroll down through the Folly Garden to the Bird Hide, or a longer walk around the lake and through the woods. The formal parts of the gardens that are gravelled or paved are wheelchair-friendly, as marked on the Garden Map; outdoor-designed wheelchairs may be used on the grass-mown paths on dry days at your discretion. Please be advised that the terrain of the Folly Garden, Lakeside Walk and Water Garden (not to mention the steep iron footbridge) mean that wheelchair access in these areas is restricted.
Our beautiful Garden Map was painted by local cartoonist, Rupert Redway, and we could not be happier with it. Click on the image above or here to view.
We will be holding occasional daytime and evening events in the Gardens throughout the open season; for more details, see the Garden Events page.
Special thanks to...
...skilled local blacksmith, William O'Brien, who created a stunning set of gates to the Walled Garden, inspired by Glansevern's exotic Ginkgo trees. More examples of his beautiful metalwork can be seen in the Walled Garden and Georgian Courtyard.
...Wayne Ellis of Complete Signs and Graphics, Welshpool, who singlehandedly recreated all our signage. It is now clear, stylish, and reflective of the estate brand. We highly recommend his services.