Today’s outing was to Plas Brondanw, the former home of Clough Williams-Ellis, the man who built the Italianate village of Portmeirion on the coast of Snowdonia. The gardens are lovely, with some gorgeous views of the mountains and surrounding countryside. The property is still in the hands of the family, and there was much activity and excitement today as the main house was having its opening as a gallery. The staff still managed to be welcoming and kind and let us in for a sneak preview!
The gardens are not huge, but they make for a very pleasant ramble, and you can also walk up a wooded track to a folly built as a ruined castle. That gives a view all the way out to the coast. There’s free parking and a cafe on site, so everything you need is on hand! It’s about an hour’s drive from Isfryn and, as usual around here, there’s some lovely scenery along the route.