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Penpergwm Lodge: www.penplants.com
A unique opportunity to experience the peace and tranquillity of an interesting garden with Edwardian origins and a nursery of special plants. The Garden will be open in 2007 from 29th March to 30th September. Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 2.00pm to 6.00pm.
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How to find us:
Penpergwm Lodge is 4 miles south east of Abergavenny, which is only 45 miles from Cardiff and 95 miles from Birmingham by road. It is also well served by rail links to South and North.
From the North.
Take the M5 to Gloucester, the M50 to Ross-on-Wye and then follow the signs to Monmouth and the A449/A40 to Abergavenny.
From the South.
Take the M4 to Junction 24, follow the A449 north and the A40 west to Abergavenny.
Abergavenny is located on the Wales and West line running between Bristol/Newport and Hereford/Shrewsbury. Trains run approximately every 30 minutes through the day.
Since the Boyles came in 1976, the garden has been developed from the outline of the Edwardian garden designed and laid out when the house was built. There are fine mature trees and a feeling of space and freedom in the open areas of lawn. There is contrasting formality in the more structured areas, which have been added to and changed considerably.
The first changes to the structure of the old garden in the early 1980`s were the building of a stone terrace on the south side of the house with wide steps down to the lawn, followed by another stepped brick terrace on the other side of the house with a central iron-arched dais and seat. Also new brick walls were built to protect the garden from the north. Further borders were created between new copper beech hedges at the northwest end of the garden, and a new orchard was planted.
The next major change in 1995 was the linking of those two first terraces: an Italianate parterre designed by Simon Dorrell was built at the west end of the house, and a brick-pillared paved vine and clematis walk completed the connection. The house was then set off further by the planting in 1997 of a malus avenue framed with further beech hedges, which forms a view to the west from the house.
Since 2002 a new wave of building has taken place!
The major addition is a Golden Jubilee octagonal brick folly tower with a fine roof and weathervane. This has extensive views both to the hills of the Brecon Beacons National Park and also to all corners of the garden. The tower was built by James Arbuthnott, whose garden at Stone is known as the San Gimignano of Worcestershire.
A semi-circular summerhouse was built in 2004 in the northwest corner of the garden. This has oak pillars and a terra cotta tiled roof.
During the next year the potager, developed in the 1980`s in the old kitchen garden, was completely remodelled with brick terraces and gravel paths. Then, inspired by Helen Dillon’s garden in Dublin, a new canal was created with waterfalls down the middle of the garden. As a final touch, the top path of the potager had new brick wall extensions added in 2006, with matching brick arches at each end.
This very varied and special garden has featured on TV and has been written up in the Field, Country Life, The English Garden, Saga Magazine, and most recently in Country Homes in June 2006. From 2005 the garden has been added by the RHS to its list of recommended gardens to visit.
Bed & Breakfast:
of the best ways to see our garden and nursery, and enjoy visiting the beautiful
Usk Valley surrounding
us, is to come for
Bed & Breakfast.
We have a lovely Edwardian house, with comfortable double/twin bedrooms which overlook the garden.
There is a large sitting room downstairs with TV, and good views of the garden and folly tower. Breakfast is served in the spacious dining room.
For those so inclined, there is a summer outdoor swimming pool, meaning it is heated only by the sun! Unlimited use of the pool and of the garden itself is included in the B&B price.
There are many good local pubs and restaurants. We can provide a list and advice on request.
Do contact us to check availability and prices.
To compliment this intriguing garden, a nursery has been developed by Catriona Boyle and Joanna Kerr, propagating plants from their gardens. These are mostly unusual herbaceous plants, bulbs, shrubs, and half hardy perennials. A fascinatingly varied range is always available, including many of the best plants to be seen when you visit the garden. Catriona and Joanna are now well known to a UK-wide audience through their monthly answers to the gardening questions posed by readers of Saga Magazine. Their page is entitled "Growing Pains".
Lodge is listed in
Royal Horticultural Society
National Botanical Garden Of Wales
Hardy Plant Society
Historic Gardens And Parks Of Wales
Stone House Cottage Nursery
Welsh Tourist Board
CADW - Welsh Historic Monuments
Monmouthshire Local Government Site
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