Please note: This house does not offer free entry to Historic House members.
For alternative options please see other opening options.

Other opening

Overview

Stunning 15-acre garden laid out in C18. The Rhyd-y-Meirch stream creates sound and movement throughout the garden as it flows into ponds, through the round garden, over cascades and beneath flagstone bridges.

Deep herbaceous borders in the round garden,  adjacent to the lawns, a water garden and two arboreta. Views and plants to be enjoyed throughout the year. The house is the birthplace of Augusta Waddington, Lady Llanover, C19 patriot, supporter of the Welsh language and wife of Lord Llanover, after whom Big Ben is named.

Peter Hall, an RHS Associate of Honour, came to Llanover in 2014 after a career with The National Trust, where he was head gardener at Dunham Massey, Stourhead and Powis Castle.

Eight generations of the family have cared for and contributed to the garden including Robin Herbert, VMH, a former President of the Royal Horticultural Society, who planted a significant collection of magnolias and trees whose foliage was transformed into blazing oranges, reds and golds in the autumn.  Several of the trees are classified as National Champions.

Owner Elizabeth Murray, who is the seventh generation of the family to live and plant at Llanover, will give a brief history of the family and the 15-acre listed garden, and lead a tour of the garden, usually accompanied by the head gardener, Peter Hall. Visitors will receive an illustrated 35-page guide book.


Opening
Opening

Visit by private tour only.

Find Us
Find us

On A4042 in Llanover, opposite the pull in bus-stop, turn into the drive entrance. If the gates are closed, drive close up to them and they will open automatically. If coaches are too wide to fit through the gates, the owner will meet everyone at the bus stop at the top of the drive. 29-seater coaches are fine, 52-seaters are too wide due to their wing mirrors.

Forthcoming Tours

9 Sep 2020
2PM - 4PM | £15.00

Tour Overview

Go on a guided tour of the garden, led by the owner and usually accompanied by the head gardener, Peter Hall.

Tour Duration

2 hours

Tour Price

£15.00 per person

Refreshments

Tea/coffee and homemade cakes, served at the Grade II listed house.

Access notes

Gravel & grass paths.  No external steps on garden tour.

Restrictions

No photography in the house.


Opening
Opening

Visit by private tour only.

Find Us
Find us

On A4042 in Llanover, opposite the pull in bus-stop, turn into the drive entrance. If the gates are closed, drive close up to them and they will open automatically. If coaches are too wide to fit through the gates, the owner will meet everyone at the bus stop at the top of the drive. 29-seater coaches are fine, 52-seaters are too wide due to their wing mirrors.

Other opening


Llanover House's history and features

The gardens at Llanover were created at the end of the eighteenth century by Benjamin Waddington. He used the Rhyd-y-meirch stream to create a garden with notable water features and trees such as the London Plane which had recently been introduced into Great Britain. In the 1830s Benjamin Hall (Lord Llanover) after whom Big Ben is named, did further tree planting and enclosed the park within a stone wall.

In 1792 Benjamin Waddington (1749 – 1828) purchased Ty Uchaf. He laid out the garden and parkland when Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1716 – 1783) ideas were influencing planting schemes. Formality had given way to a fashion for landscaping vast areas utilizing the natural features of the land.

Humphrey Repton (1752-1818) who was the intellectual successor to Capability Brown, preferred terraces and more formal grounds around a house and encouraged his clients to build Ha-Ha’s which ‘borrowed’ landscape thus extending the gardens with views of grazing livestock.

Read more about Llanover Garden's history.