Bank Holiday Monday 29th May 2017
Opening Hours: 2.30 pm – 6.00 pm
Following the great success of the 2016 Open Day we are pleased to announce that plans are well under way to repeat the event in 2017. Access to 8 acres of managed gardens as well as the surrounding woodland and open grassed areas will be permitted (except where wild stock are grazing) on the day.
Some of the views from the surrounding hillsides within the 500 acre estate are spectacular and only usually open to residents of the estate.
Within the gardens you are never really far from water that flows from a spring high up in the hills in the estate. The spring feeds the estate properties and the small stream. The stream has a number of small waterfalls that often become torrents of water in the winter months.
Originally the stream fed the estates lake which was stocked with fish for the Hall, unfortunately the lower dam wall broke and was never repaired. The more eagle eyed of you may be able to see where the dam wall breach was within the managed gardens. Thanks to the current owner, what had become a boggy overgrown area was lovingly transformed into the managed area we see today complete with two ponds fed by the nearby stream. The stream flows down from the ponds and a final water fall on it’s journey to join the local River Elwy.
The gardens are part of the original 17th Century estate and require constant attention. The trees have to be managed with care and whenever it is necessary to replace a tree the current owner makes every attempt to replace it with a native tree first.
Last year during some bad weather a tree planted in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie and known as the “Charlie Tree” was unfortunately damaged beyond all hope of saving it. However, even as you travel up the drive towards the main house there are many Oak Trees on the left and right that are well over 250 years old.
Apparently with trees like the Oak, a general rule of thumb is that a grown man can measure the age of the tree with arms out-stretched around the trunk, each measurement of those arms out-stretched represents 100 years of growth, so if it takes you three measures (arms outstretched) to get from your starting point on the trunk to that same point having travelled around the tree then that tree is about 300 years old! It is just an estimate, but interesting none the less.
If you would like to know more about the gardens or the estate, ask one of the assistants on the day, if they can’t give you the answer they will point you in the direction of the local expert.