Winter at the Bodnant Gardens

Bodnant Gardens, Wales, United Kingdom

The House at Bodnant Gardens

Near Snowdonia in North Wales, there is a special place I love for doing  walks and it is called  the Bodnant Gardens, a National Trust property. I always  like visiting  the gardens at the start of the new year with my family during the winter. The Bodnant Gardens have a collection of plants and trees from around the world and it is divided in areas like, the Winter Garden, the Old Park Meadow, Yew Dell and the Far End. On arrival to the gardens there are maps available so you can plan on doing a trail.

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A view of the hills in North Wales

The gardens have Italian style terraces with waterfalls and benches  so you can just sit, relax and enjoy the smell of  grass, listen to the many birds  or just enjoy the view. The winter scenery is lovely and you can see snow on the hills, if you visit during summer then the gardens will be colourful with roses, magnolias and many variety of flowers.

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The river near the Far End

Something I especially like are the trees, and the most beautiful ones are in what is called ‘The Far End’.  There are conifers from America and Asia, they are all very high and old.  So following my mother advice (she is a plants lover like me) I would always look for a big chunky tree to wrap my arms around it, just  like giving it a hug. This is a way of connecting myself with nature.  After hugging a tree I always  feel energized and relaxed, spending time in the forest has health benefits, it definitely makes you feel good.

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One of my favourite trees

After a long or short walk it is always nice to have a snack or something to drink, and the gardens have two tea rooms where you can enjoy cold meals or hot welsh dishes. I highly recommend the  chestnut and vegetable casserole (perfect for a cold day)  I think it is  the best casserole ever. People is welcome to bring picnics, and dogs are allowed but not in all areas so it is better to check on the National Trust website before your visit.

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Chestnut and Vegetable Casserole

 

 

During winter I will be visiting more National Trust properties and write about them, my family and I have been members for many years now and we enjoy visiting so many places rich in culture and nature. The weather in the UK has been colder than other years but that is never an excuse to go out for walks and explore!.

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Erdigg in Summer

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There is a place my family and I love for doing weekend picnics and it is called Erdigg. It is located in North Wales  in the city of Wrexham, and it doesn’t matter if it is a rainy day or a sunny day because this place is perfect for doing walks, especially during the summer months.

Erdigg was for many years home of the Yorke family and the mansion now belongs to the National Trust of England. It is possible to visit the mansion or do a tour to see the rooms that have 20th century furniture, ceramics and textiles. Something special is the collection of servants portraits, the ones who worked very hard maintaining the house and grounds for many years. My favourite room is the kitchen, because it is really spacious and it had everything you needed for doing big banquets. Something you don’t expect to see is a small collection of carriages,old cars and vintage bicycles. Also the children would be happy to see horses in the old stable yard and they can also pet them while a  lady tells  about the life of the horses and how they look after them.

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The mansion has massive gardens with a great variety of plants and flowers. There are also many fruit trees, like apple trees and to my surprise also small banana trees as  they usually grow in warm climate countries. There is also a big pond with fish and ducks, that is one of the favourite spots to stop for a picnic.

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When walking by the gardens you will find  a sign for the ‘Wolves Den’, this is a place with games for children, all made of old trees that have fallen and have been shaped. Children love this place and there is an ice cream kiosk near the entrance to the den.

If you don’t want to bring a picnic there is a restaurant and tea room with lovely cakes freshly made. Erdigg is dog friendly and has some areas where dogs are allowed, so you can bring your little canine friend with you.

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