A mature garden developed by the present owners from an overgrown state over a period of 40 yrs. Areas of unusual plantings give interest through the seasons. Terraced rear garden, mature trees, numerous flowering shrubs and roses. Lily pond, pergola of clematis and wisteria, leading to a bridge crossing the natural stream and bog garden. To the front of the house is a raised courtyard garden.
Sunday 22 July (10.30am - 5pm). Admission £4.50, children free. Home-made teas.
Visitors also welcome by arrangement May to September groups 8+. Admission £4.50, children free. Home-made teas.
Most of garden accessible by wheelchair.
How to find us
Bryn-y-Ddafad, Welsh St Donats, Cowbridge, Glamorgan, CF71 7ST
10m W of Cardiff. 3m E of Cowbridge. From A48 follow signs to Welsh St Donats village (for SatNav use CF71 7SS). Follow brown tourist signs from Xrds, The entrance to the garden is a pick up and drop only, car parking on the verges.
More about Bryn-y-Ddafad
An assortment of hydrangeas are planted in front of the stone wall at the entrance to the house. During the summer months hanging baskets and pots line the perimeter of the forecourt. A wisteria over 30 years old is growing on the south facing wall.
To the front of the house is a small courtyard garden with a raised bed informally planted using pastel shades of annuals, perennials and small shrubs at best during July and August. Central raised sundial and water feature incorporating an old pump. The terraced rear garden has colourful beds and borders which are at best in late July and early August. The garden has three long flowerbeds, mainly perennials and a raised bed of mature shrubs, mainly spring flowering. Constructed lily pond with water feature. Pergola planted with clematis and June flowering wisteria. A small area of lawn lies to the left planted with naturalised bulbs. The pergola then changes to climbing roses and leads to a bridge crossing the natural stream. To the left of the rose pergola is a rectangular area surrounded by raised beds planted with roses and a central raised bed planted with perennials.
On the far side of the stream to the right is a small bank of azaleas, Camellias and ferns. To the left the bank has some mature trees and shrubs, naturalised bulbs and wild flowers. At the bottom of the bank is a bog garden which also extends to the other side at the rear of the rose garden.