Mature trees and elaborate gates seem to be everywhere at Chirk, originally crafted by local smiths the Davies brothers almost 300 years ago. A formal garden is home to clipped yews, roses and climbers on the wall of the castle. A shrub garden, a classical pavilion and a lime tree avenue also feature.
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Picturesquely located near the shores of the Menai Strait, Plas Newydd boasts a spring garden, Australasian arboretum, shrubs, wildflowers, massed hydrangeas and explosions of colour. It’s overseen by an elegant house restored during the 18th century, when it was known as the home of the famous Ladies of Llangollen, no less.
The large walled garden at this captivating house and estate has been restored to its original formal design of the 18th century, complete with a Victorian parterre and yew walk. Home to the National Collection of Ivies, Erddig also offers a vast park with woodland walks and horse-drawn carriage rides.
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There are 45 acres of grounds to choose from at Penrhyn, but budding petal connoisseurs will particularly enjoy the sprawling collection of exotic trees and shrubs, expanses of idyllic parkland and Victorian walled garden. The neo-Norman Castle, needless to say, is also a must-see at any time of year.
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The perfect place for a picnic or laze, the informal garden at Colby counts rhododendrons, bluebells, butterflies and ducks among its natives. Meadows, a summerhouse and a beach are all nearby, as well as a walled garden and a waterfall walk. A serenely tranquil garden with a proud industrial past.
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Ancient trees, beautiful lakes and exquisite mansion gardens surround the 17th century architectural wonder of Newport, which has 90 acres of grounds and parkland to lose yourself in. The Morgan family – who would become Lords Tredegar – owned this country house for more than 500 years. Perhaps Monmouthshire’s most majestic building.
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The glorious 18th century landscape park at Dinefwr has the distinction of enclosing a medieval deer park. It’s part of a wonderful nature reserve within the 800-acre estate, with unbeatable views from the top of the castle itself, as well as two showrooms, an exhibition and a tearoom.
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Designed during the 1790s, this villa is the most complete early work by John Nash, whose self-sufficient 18th century gentry estate remains almost fully intact for your enjoyment. Pleasure grounds, walled kitchen gardens, a service courtyard and a working organic farm are just a few of the highlights on offer.
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A botanical dream, Bodnant houses seeds and cuttings assembled on intrepid expeditions more than a century ago, accompanied by lawns, ponds, terraces, valleys and streams within one incredible 80-acre garden. Enormous arch flowers, growing almost 200 feet, are among the spectacular seasonal flourishes here, not to mention the 200 year-old trees.
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The celebrated 26-acre garden at Powis is a joy to behold. Clipped yews, tender plants and rare specimens are everywhere, laid out in classic French and Italian styles. The terraces are the place to find an orangery, and the castle itself was originally built as a medieval fortress.
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