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Plas Newydd, stately home and garden of the Marquess of Anglesey
Portmeirion, the eccentric creation of Clough Williams-Ellis
Williams-Ellis’ ancestral home Plas Brondanw
The remarkable Plas Cadnant Gardens
Beautiful Bodnant Gardens
North Wales’ unique landscape and temperate maritime climate make for some dramatic gardens with plants from all corners of the world and rarely seem elsewhere in the British Isles. In the company of expert horticulturalist and genial host, Tony Russell, our new tour for 2024 will take you to a selection of the most exquisite gardens often set in beautifully landscaped estates, with the constant stunning backdrop of Snowdonia National Park and a magnificent coastline. Added to this is the extraordinary and inspired architectural folly that is Portmeirion and this is truly a tour to inspire the senses.
|05 - June - 2024
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Day 1: Welcome drink, dinner and introductory talk from Tony Russell.
Arrive independently at the Celtic Royal Hotel from 15.00. Welcome reception, dinner with wine and introductory talk ‘The Gardens of Snowdonia and Anglesey’, from your horticulturalist tour guide, Tony Russell.
Day 2: Maenan Hall and Bodnant Gardens.
Three days of remarkable gardens starts with Maenan Hall on the slopes of the Conwy Valley, which offers wonderful views of Snowdonia. Set in the grounds of a medieval manor house, amongst mature hardwoods, with sweeping lawns, ornamental ponds and a bluebell carpeted woodland dell containing copious specimen shrubs and tree, this is a gorgeous ten-acre garden created by the Aberconway family over seventy years and is awash with colour. Afternoon visit to the National Trust’s Bodnant Garden. Created over 150 years through the incredible vision of generations of the McLaren family and the Puddle head gardeners, Bodnant is a delight to the senses with its sweeping lawns, grand terraces, verdant woodland and stunning backdrop of the Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia. It boasts one of the best collections of rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias and azaleas in Britain. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: Plas Brondanw, Glaslyn Osprey Centre and Portmeirion.
This morning we travel through Snowdonia’s magnificent mountain and lake scenery to our first garden at Plas Brondanw, the ancestral home and Arts & Crafts garden of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. Here the splendid landscaping offers yews, an orangery and glorious mountain views. We will then have the opportunity of visiting the Glaslyn Osprey Centre, to see the very first ospreys to nest in Wales for more than 100 years. Continuing on to the picturesque harbour town of Portmadog we will have time for a leisurely lunch (not included), before a packed but enjoyable day ends at the world-famous Italianate village and gardens of Portmeirion, designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, star of many TV series including cult 1970s series “The Prisoner.” Here, Tony will take us on a guided tour of these astonishing gardens, full of tender subtropical plants. Not only the eccentric architecture, but the shrubs, hedges, abundant flowers, lakes, woodland and stunning coastal views are nothing short of spectacular. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4: Plas Newydd and Plas Cadnant.
For our final day of visits, we head across the Menai Strait to Anglesey and the remarkable gardens of Plas Newydd, Anglesey, the stately home of the Marquess of Anglesey, which enjoys spectacular views over the Menai Straits to the Snowdon range beyond. The grounds, thanks to the benign climate, are rich in colours throughout the year and a fitting inclusion on the last day of this superb new tour. After time for lunch (not included) our last visit is to the remarkable gardens of Plas Cadnant. Once lost beneath a sea of woody weeds and trees, Plas Cadnant has, over the last twenty years, been lovingly and cleverly restored by owner Anthony Tavernor, who will be on hand to welcome us. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions, weather and the tour manager’s discretion
Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 48 passengers
Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon
The Celtic Royal Hotel is a venue steeped in history and gets its Royal name from Princess Victoria, when she visited the original main building in 1832, five years before she became Queen Victoria. It is situated in the historic town of Caernarfon, whose world famous UNESCO Heritage site of Caernarfon Castle is just a few hundred yards away, a sight not to be missed, especially when the Castle lights up in a splendour of colour under the night sky. Facilities here include leisure club, bar, restaurant as well as comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities including en-suite bathroom, TV, telephone, free wifi, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
Hotel Parking Complimentary
Tony Russell has worked in horticulture for almost 40 years, including 14 years in charge of Britain's National Arboretum at Westonbirt and 10 years as plant consultant to the National Trust. During this time Tony has also presented several television and radio programmes, as well as appearing as a panellist on BBC Radio 4's Gardeners Question Time. He is the author of 20 published books on gardens, plants and trees and the editor of the annual publication Great Gardens to Visit. Tony is currently consulting on a large, new arboretum being created at Rahanna House in Ireland and in 2024 will be leading a number of exclusive garden and plant-based tours, both in the UK and overseas.
Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.
You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day.
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The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.
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