Enjoy and Explore our Beautiful Garden
While you are staying with us we invite you to enjoy and explore over two acres of garden, paddocks, woodland, streams and two ponds at Pen-y-banc.
Please take very great care with the supervision of small children by the water.
About Our Garden
When Gill & Kenneth came to Pen-y-banc in 1993 there were no ornamental garden plants or lawns, only the small silted-up farm pond and a vegetable patch.Varying ground levels, two streams and an area of woodland provided the ideal ingredients for the development of the 21/2 acres into the present attractive garden which welcomes about 200 visitors to the annual Open Garden event for charity; in 2015 over £1100 was raised for the N.S.P.C.C.
To the rear of the Cottage lie the rose beds, with a gazebo overlooking the lawn with raised circular planter. The farmland to the South slopes steeply away, allowing uninterrupted panoramic views of the Tywi valley and the Carmarthen Fans beyond: the peak of Fan Brycheiniog ( Brecon Van ) is over 800 metres high !
North of the greenhouse, barn & cartshed are lawns with shrubberies and paths leading to a woodland walk, where Gill’s hosta beds are a showy feature. The trees here are mostly native deciduous broadleaved species, but to the West, near the bridge over the stream, are specimens of Swamp Cypress, Snake-bark Maple and Antarctic Beech.
Higher up on the West side is the large lilly pond, fringed with ornamental willow, statuesque gunnera and clumps of rustling bamboos.Above the adjoining paddock is the oak from which may be had a fine view over the whole property.
Across the drive lies the original farm pond, now transformed into an ornamental gem, surrounded by a path & a bridge to the small paddock beyond.One of the original dry stone walls separates this area from the vegetable garden, which is best reached through the wicket gates under the centuries-old Yew.This productive garden also includes a fruit cage for black-currants, gooseberries & Autumn-fruiting raspberries.
Adjoining the garden is the small lawn with the summerhouse, situated to give the best southerly views.Ancient damson trees are sheltered by another dry-stone wall which leads to the front lawn and borders of the farmhouse, with a feature weeping silver pear tree.
Visitors to Pen-y-banc are very welcome to walk in all parts of the garden, & enjoy the comfy seating in the summerhouse and gazebo