Llanerchaeron is not just a rare example of a self-sufficient 18th-century Welsh minor gentry estate with its own service courtyard comprising dairy, laundry, brewery and salting house, and walled kitchen gardens (with all its produce for sale when in season) …….
but it also has extensive pleasure grounds, ornamental lake and parkland providing peaceful walks. The Home Farm complex has an impressive range of traditional, atmospheric outbuildings and is a working organic farm with Welsh Black cattle, Llanwenog sheep and rare Welsh pigs.
An ongoing wildlife survey at Llanerchaeron gardens has found the following:
Fungi 10 species of wax caps and three species of fairy clubs, including the Amethyst Fairy Club, on a small area of heathy lawn on the south side of the house. Of national importance.
Bats Breeding Brown Long-eared Bat and Pipistrelles in wall cavities in the walled garden. No Lesser Horseshoes (rare in Ceredigion).
Birds Herony in the restored lake.
Insects The walled garden has many excellent nectar sources, particularly strands of herbs such as Marjoram, which attract numerous butterflies and hoverflies. Common Blue breeds in some of the lawns.
Llanerchaeron, Ciliau Aeron, near Aberaeron, Ceredigion SA48 8DG
Telephone: 01545 570200
The National Botanic Garden of Wales opened in May 2000 in Llanarthne, set in 500 acres of beautiful historic Carmarthenshire parkland.
The idea of having a National Garden of Wales was conceived by Welsh based artist William Wilkins who enjoys painting Welsh landscapes.
The Tropical House designed by the great Welsh architect John Belle is the world’s largest single span structure and houses some of the world’s largest most beautiful plants from tropical regions perfectly adapted to thrive in steaming hot climates and jungle darkness. The tropical house was designed by John Belle.
The historic double walled garden, thought to be a Scottish design, creates different micro climates and therefore a longer growing season.
There are lakes, streams, marsh and semi natural woodland, meadows and restored formal gardens to explore. The gardens nurture 8000 plants including several National Collections and are home to a 1000 species of wild life.
Projects are ongoing with current plans to rebuild the Peach House that once had Roman style under floor heating and produced a variety of soft fruit all year round.
Regular events, guided walks and introductory talks can help you make the most of your visit. All you need to do is choose a Welsh holiday cottage from which to begin.