Aberglasney....the very name is unique and full of promise...... We visited for a second time recently, and were thrilled to find how much it has come on since the first visit, back in the early part of the milennium. It was really quite derelict then, and the house was sitting there all unloved and falling down, in part.
The gardens are really something else! The walkway above the lake, and the lake itself, with its little rills running into each side, are fascinating. It is a gentle place......despite having 'ghostly apparitions' supposedly within the main house....
The walk into the woods is for anyone's capabilites, as I am certainly no off-piste walker, but I did enjoy this little meander into the trees, over the bridges, and back into the vegetable gardens. There are some unusual plants within the woodland, and, for those of a certain age - seats!
One is quite delightful, carved to be like an Oak leaf, with two Acorns as legs. (Wish I could have put it into my pocket and brought it home.)
The Tea Room is very nice, hot and cold food served by friendly staff, with indoor and outdoor seating. Spotlessly clean WC facilities are available, too.The Tea Room is much expanded from our first visit, as is the shop one encounters by the main entrance.
I bought a really nice hardback book on Aberglasney, (very good price as it was on offer,) and it will certainly be lovely to look at in the depths of winter, to remind myself of that beautiful, tranquil, gentle place, and how it was on our second visit.
PS: The house now has a floor! And it is gradually becoming its former self, I feel. They use a main room as an art gallery with local artists displaying their works, and a second room is a viewing-room, where a film of the history, and discovery, of the 'Gardens Lost In Time' is shown. Well worth a little sit-down to find out all about Aberglasney.......Just as Aberglasney is well-worth a visit.......
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