2021: Brecon Beacons: South Wales & the Welsh Borders Garden Tour

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : May and July
Start: Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, Wales
End: Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, Wales
7 nights based at Nythfa House, Brecon, Brecon Beacons

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Explore inspirational Welsh gardens at their best. The wonderful creations of iconic landscape architects – including Capability Brown’s Berrington Hall and Thomas Mawson’s Arts & Crafts garden at Dyffryn – are a must-see and provide a glimpse into the heyday of opulent country gardens. The tour also features the beautifully restored “lost” garden of Aberglasney, the National Botanic Gardens of Wales and the elegant Weir gardens on the banks of the River Wye.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Discover the creations of the iconic Capability Brown at Berrington Hall and Thomas Mawson at Dyffryn
  • Explorer the maze and find its hidden secret at Hampton Court Castle Garden
  • Built above the ruinous central rooms of the mansion the glass atrium at Aberglasney houses a unique collection of sub-tropical plants. 
  • visit the three sided walled garden and impressive glass house at the historic Weir garden on the banks of the River Wye

Pick Up Location & TIme

Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7NN (Google Map)
4:00pm – You’re welcome to check into the country house hotel from 4pm onwards.

Drop off Location & Time

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way onward.

Price Includes

  • High quality en-suite accommodation at Nythfa House
  • Excellent food in our country house, full board (B,L,D daily)
  • The services of our knowledgeable leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach
  • Most admissions to places of interest that form part of your holiday

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest railway station is Abergavenny)
  • Admissions to National Trust, English Heritage, RHS properties (please allow approx. £10 per day for entrances)
  • Entrance to stately homes/houses, for which there is a separate admission fee
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Unpack Once!

Explore places of interest, beauty, heritage and wonder. Enjoy active guided sightseeing on relaxed-pace trips to revel in the history, landscapes, architecture and culture of your chosen destination. Our knowledgeable leaders will provide fascinating detail to bring it all to life. Travel between locations by mini-coach or public transport following a carefully planned itinerary.

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Transport between locations
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. (D)

Accommodation: Nythfa House

Day 2Dyffryn Gardens & The St Fagan’s National Museum of History

Two interesting visits today will show differing perspectives of Welsh life in the past. At Dyffryn we visit magnificent Edwardian gardens designed by Thomas Mawson for John Cory who had built his wealth on coal and shipping. At St Fagan’s, by contrast, we see more humble abodes and gardens which have been saved and rebuilt from places across Wales. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Nythfa House

Day 3Berrington Hall and Hergest Croft

Berrington Hall provides a fine example of the work of Lancelot “Capability” Brown with wide vistas and seemingly natural landscapes yet carefully constructed and built on a massive scale to achieve the great parkland scenery. The afternoon at Hergest Croft is by contrast a more planterly affair with magnificent trees, impressive borders and plants collected from all over the World. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Nythfa House

Day 4Free day

Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.
A free day for you to explore the local area using the Discovery Point or relax in the Country House. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Nythfa House

Day 5The National Botanic Garden of Wales and the Lost Garden of Aberglasney

The National Botanic Garden of Wales opened in the early part of this century and now shows off plants within modern design and technology. The state of the art and vast glasshouse contains one of the finest collections of Mediterranean plants in the World. Aberglasney was made famous by the BBC television series “A Garden Lost in Time” which followed its restoration which began in the 1990s. Today it is one of Wales’ finest gardens. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Nythfa House

Day 6The Weir and Stockton Bury

The Weir is a naturalistic garden bordered by the River Wye. It provides a tranquil haven in the Herefordshire countryside. Stockton Bury is more formal and with 4 acres of kitchen garden, pigeon house, grotto, rill and greenhouse all developed in what was part of the family farm some 30 years ago. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Nythfa House

Day 7Hampton Court Gardens and Veddw House

The gardens at Hampton Court Castle have lots to offer, including a maze, beautiful herbaceous borders, water features and a fantastic forest back drop. Veddw House Garden consists of two acres of formal garden with a dramatic reflection pool alongside two acres of woodland. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Nythfa House

Day 8Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Dates and Prices
Departure Dates Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: May 21 $2,340 $2,620
2021: July 2 $2,340 $2,620

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on single/twin/double occupancy.

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates are in $ CAD. Rates include room upgrade and membership fees. 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline. We can assist in your travel to/from the Country House.

During your Discovery Tour you’ll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

Most admissions to places of interest are not included. Please allow up to £10 per day for admissions to all the places of interest we will be visiting. The full adult price is given but there are usually good reductions for parties and seniors. If you are a member of the National Trust, English Heritage or similar, remember to bring your card for free admission to their properties. Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Travel Details:
Address is: Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7NN

By Train:
The most convenient railway station is at Abergavenny.

By Taxi:
The 20-mile journey from Abergavenny railway station takes approximately 40 minutes. You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended taxi company, A&A Cabs. As a guide price, it cost £35 per 4-seat taxi in 2020. 8-seat taxis are also available at a higher rate. A&A Cabs will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. Please pre-book your taxi at least 7 days in advance by contacting:

A&A Cabs*
Tel: +44 (0) 1874 622288
Email: aandabrecon@yahoo.ie
The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Nythfa House Manager.
*A&A Cabs is not owned or managed by us.

By Bus:
The X43 bus operates from Abergavenny station to Brecon. Alight at the bus interchange in Brecon. Facing the road, head left along Heol Gouesnou to the traffic lights. Turn right heading uphill along Cerrigcochion Road for around 70 yards, and then turn left into Belle Vue Gardens. Head along the road and turn right at the Tjunction (still Belle Vue Gardens). Head up the road to another T-junction and turn left into Cerrigcochion Lane. Walk for about 15 yards and you will see the Nythfa House sign on your right.

By Car:
Most guests approach Brecon via the A40 from Abergavenny or the A470 from the northwest. These two roads converge at a roundabout on the Brecon bypass. At the roundabout follow the B4601for a mile into Brecon. Turn right at the second mini roundabout, then go straight on at the cross roads with traffic lights. After 500yds turn sharp right into Mount Street, then second left into Belle View Road. Stop at the top of the road at the T Junction then go straight ahead up the drive to Nythfa House.

Hotel Descriptions
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Nythfa House

Pretty country pile Nythfa House stands above the traditional mid-Wales market town of Brecon and sits within easy reach of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Having spent its early life as a large private house, the building has been converted into a comfortable country hotel. The interiors look like they’ve evolved naturally over time, staying rooted in the local area and house architecture while being filled with contemporary furniture and colours. As well as 28 rooms and a range of public spaces and an inviting indoor pool to tempt you, there are pretty grounds and a short walk to the streets of Brecon itself. The contrasting countryside close by provides challenges including sweeping ridges, an ascent of the Black Mountains and scaling Pen-y-Fan as well as more subtle strolls through the river-carved landscapes of the Melte Valley, along the trail of a series of awesome waterfalls, or time dawdling through the second bookshops in Hay-on-Wye.

Address: Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7NN

Room Amenities: Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of the handful of garden rooms across the grounds. With 28 rooms, Nythfa House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from. Opt for Rooms 6 or 7 in the main house for delightfully decorated, spacious places to stay, each with sumptuous views over the garden and Brecon Beacons. Room 21 is a quirky ‘Better’ room up in the eaves, with a separate sitting space and cosy bedroom, just mind your head on the low ceiling. Look out for the fresh floral designs in the pretty garden rooms too, which have their own small deck.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers.

Hotel Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, indoor swimming pool, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring cascade country or the Beacons, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. At the front of the house there’s a pretty garden to pause in, with a putting green and croquet lawn attached. Duck into the conservatory to enjoy views out over the gardens from under the twisting branches of an old vine. Across the way in a separate building is a good-sized indoor swimming pool with floor-to-ceiling windows at one end. Whether you relax in the lounge, or get together with other guests for a board game or great conversation, make sure to make time for the cosy bar, and try a dram of award-winning whisky from the local Penderyn distillery, which uses water from the Brecon Beacons National Park. There’s also a Welsh gin that’s wonderfully well regarded.

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