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Llanerchaeron

Listed under Gardens in Wales, United Kingdom.

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At Llanerchaeron we enjoyed a quick lunch before our visit.  This is a National Trust Property and a rare example of a self-sufficient 18th-century Welsh minor gentry estate has survived virtually unaltered. The villa, designed in the 1790s, is the most complete example of the early work of John Nash. What I loved about the house were the ceilings and trim.  Each room was different and in some of the rooms the drawers were custom made to fit the rounded corners..really cool.  It has its own service courtyard with dairy, laundry, brewery and salting house, and walled kitchen gardens (with all its produce for sale when in season). The pleasure grounds  and ornamental lake and parkland provide peaceful walks.

What gives Llanerchaeron its unique historical value is the fact that later owners allowed the farm and household service outbuildings to languish out of use, with no attempt to demolish or renovate them. As a result, we can clearly see exactly where and how essential tasks were performed with considerable attention to quality standards, and often aided by advanced technology, including electricity generated by a water-wheel.

Llanerchaeron's walled gardens are home to dozens of veteran fruit trees, some 200 years old, which are part of the working farm's ongoing organic production. These trees are also important hosts for all kinds of insects, mosses and lichens and, coupled with the traditional vegetable and herbaceous flower beds, they are a significant wildlife habitat.  It was a real treat to walk through these gardens.  Even at this time of year there were a lot of vegetables being harvested and still many flowers in bloom.  The apples were so enticing too.

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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