Set in the gorgeous countryside on the Welsh border above Tintern, Veddw House has two acres of ornamental gardens and two acres of woodland. The owners are intersted in local landscape history and have incorporated this interst into the garden design, in particular in a large parterre of grasses inside a pattern of box hedges based on the local Tithe map.
Elsewhere, thoughts about what “natural” and “wild“ mean have been an influence, for example in the “Cornfield Garden” where cornfield weeds and barley grow in formal beds. A dramatic reflecting pool with a sculptural seat is a recent notable addition, but many people’s favourite parts will still be the ornamental vegetable plot, with rose border, brick paths and standard roses or the colour themed gardens and borders. The garden is featured in the 'Good Gardens Guide', the BBC Gardener’s World 'Garden Lover’s Guide to Britain' and the RHS 'Garden Finder'.
Owner’s Anne Wareham, who writes for the Times, The English Garden, Country Living and, Charles Hawes, a garden photographer, welcome visitors to enjoy the gardens.
Veddw House has it own website
Directions (taken from the website) as are as follows: From Devauden leave B4293 on the St Arvans Road, signposted at village green (be careful of road signs as they may not be correct - best to check the map and make sure you're taking the right road). You will go down a steep hill, with Chepstow Park Wood on your right. After half a mile take left turn marked "The Fedw" - Veddw House is the first house on the right, with blue gates. Parking available for 12 cars on site.
|Opening hours: From 3rd June to 24th August inclusive, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Entrance £4.50, children £1.50. Parties by appointment afternoons or evenings. Veddw House, Devauden is signed from the pub on the green at Devauden. Tel. 01291 650836 |
The Hidden Gardens & Grottoes of Dewstow
These large areas of gardens and landscapes created around the turn of the century by "James Pulham & Sons" landscapers and Garden Designers are currently in the early stages of excavation and recovery. The gardens were created at the most prolific period of James Pulman and Son’s work, and represent one of their most spectacular projects. The original gardens featured streams, cascades and lakes, a gazebo, and a wonderful series of sunken caves, grottoes, tunnels and ferneries.
The gardens have been very neglected and largely filled in over the years but although some are in a very poor condition, other parts remain as good as the day they were built. Today the gardens contain many ponds and rills and also interestingly, underground grottoes, tunnels and sunken ferneries. The rock gardens are made up of a mixture of real stone and faced stone using various types of Pulhamite.
The site is approximately 7 acres and it is planned that as much as possible will eventually be renovated, the replanting of new trees and plants is already under way.
For more information tel: 01291 430444 or visit http://www.dewstowgardens.co.uk/
Built in 1922, Wyndcliffe Court (Grade II listed) is a superb example of an Arts and Crafts Garden.
Situated on a high bluff, the house and gardens offer views over the coastal plain and the Bristol Channel. It is designed in a series of formal spaces or "rooms" which then lead off into the surrounding wooded area. It is an ideal showcase for seeing and appreciating sculpture, showing them off well with this magnificent garden as a backdrop. The Grade II listed gardens are to be reopened to the public this year, when the gardens will host three six-week garden sculpture shows through the spring, summer and autumn months, featuring a variety of sculptors work created for the garden. All sculptures are for sale - a sculpture guide will be available to collect at the entrance with a map of the gardens listing the sculptures and details of their positions and prices.
The gardens are open Wednesday, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays and entrance to the gardens is free, though donations to Wyndcliffe Court's chosen charity are welcome! There is free parking and toilet facilities and refreshments, including tea, coffee and cakes, are available in the cafe or out on the tarrace/loggia.
Wyndcliffe Court is 5 minutes by car from Chepstow and Tintern Abbey and 5 minutes from the M48 bridge; 20 minutes from Newport; 30 minutes from Bristol and Cardiff; 40 minutes from Gloucester and approximately 2 hours from London.