Glansevern Hall is romantically positioned on the banks of the River Severn with gardens that extend to more than 25 acres.
There is a gentle walk from the gardens to the Severn through the “folly garden” and wild flower meadow with a raised bird-hide on the river’s edge.
The gardens are noted for their collection of unusual trees, many in a lakeside setting.
The path around the lake passes through mixed woodland, under-planted with flowering shrubs giving colour and interest throughout the year.
Ornamental shelters provide resting places on the way.
An iron footbridge crosses the upper end of the lake, offering views down the entire length of the open water. The island, a haven for nesting waterfowl, offers glimpses of a romantic statue caged by an iron gazebo.
The lakeside walk passes through a water garden profusely planted with Begonias, Hostas, Candelabra Primulas and other water-loving plants.
The walk passes the alongside the “Embarkation” sculpture designed by Frances Carlile specifically for the site.
Closer to the house are formal gardens with lawns, herbaceous beds and borders.
An ornamental fountain is enclosed by a pergola, festooned with Wisteria and other climbing plants.
The walled garden
The orangery faces south through Ginkgo trees towards the central fountain and lives up to its name with orange and lemon trees, Tibouchina and Brugmasias.
The huge rock garden and the grotto passing beneath it are a Victorian extravaganza dating from about 1840. 2 sets of steps enable you to reach it’s summit and look towards the sundial garden and the laburnum pergola towards the “New Garden”.
The walled garden was entirely remodelled during 2001 and offers 9 separate “rooms” including “The Roses” and “Fairytale”.It has become a garden of secluded corners and secret places.
Various sculptures lend extra interest to a walk through the gardens.
The house and gardens look out across the valley towards the distant Kerry Hills.
Whether you decide to spend the whole day or simply an hour, the licensed tearoom can offer delicious, home-cooked meals or snacks and hot or cold drinks including local beers and ciders. Some award-winning local ingredients are for sale and the Gallery and Shop give more opportunities for retail therapy.
You can even plan your route around the garden by downloading the map on the visitors page.