Just when you thought it could not get any better after Bodnant, we went to Bodysgallen Hall, a National Trust hotel and garden. . Originally built as a lookout tower for Conwy castle in the 13th century. The head gardener, Robert Owen, gave us the history of the house and garden, as we ate a wonderful afternoon tea on the hotel terrace, in glorious sunshine (it was raining in Nailsea)!
The garden dates from the 14th century and has developed over the centuries. In the 17th century there was expansion and restoration by the Mostyn family. It is best seen from the hotel terrace. There is a parterre of box, planted with herbs, and a walled garden for fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Part of the garden is terraced with a rockery, a lily pond with a fountain, box bushes and a cascade.
The Edwardian rose garden, measuring 28 x 21 yards, has its original paths and a well and was built in a walled area.
In the 20th century other areas were reclaimed and are planted with specimen trees including Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’, Acer griseum, Prunus serrula and fruit trees. There is a delightful woodland walk with distant views of mountains and Conwy Castle.
After a lovely day of intensive garden viewing, we returned to our hotel in Llandudno for a welcome G & T and very good evening meal.