The gardens at Plas Brondanw are not as famous as his village of Portmeirion, but many people consider them to be Clough's most marvellous creation.
Surrounded by mountain peaks, Plas Brondanw is one of the best-kept secrets in North Wales. Although less well known than his village and gardens at Portmeirion, the Grade I listed gardens of Plas Brondanw are nevertheless considered by many to be Clough Williams-Ellis’s most important creation.
Sir Clough created a unique and distinctive garden landscape which provides a series of superb views and romantic prospects set within Snowdonia National Park. The gardens are laid out as a series of enclosed rooms, linked by axial views leading to distant peaks. Within the garden rooms, pieces of unusual art and sculptures are arranged, many are architectural salvage which Cough obtained through reclamation sales.
Inspired by the gardens of renaissance Italy, strong architectural influences are evident within the gardens; stone walls, topiary, pools, fountains and avenues of trees leading the eye to the dramatic borrowed landscape beyond the garden.
Other features include a woodland walk with several “eye-catchers” set at the end of beautiful avenues of trees, a spectacular cascade and pool built into a disused quarry. The walk concludes at a folly tower, built to honour Williams-Ellis's marriage in 1915, offering impressive 360° views of the surrounding mountains and sea.
Plas Brondanw is not a garden bursting with colourful flowers or lush herbaceous borders, it is a garden based on formal structure and designed views of the surrounding mountains. So, although there is more colour in the summer months, the feel of the garden does not change though the seasons. The imposing structure of the hedges, topiary and tree forms (we have a very impressive 200 years+ Quercus Ilex), architecture and the borrowed views of the surrounding landscape are the features that make this garden significant, the flowers are merely embellishments.
All proceeds and donations go towards maintaining the gardens.
10am to 4pm via the café in the summer months and open in the winter via an honesty box. Admission price £5.50 Gift Aid, £5 Standard, Children £1
Ample parking is available a short distance from the garden, charge refundable at the cafe upon spending £2.00 or more (summer months only). Disabled parking facility by the café.
We do not accept dogs in the gardens or café but well behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the woodland garden. We ask that dog owners clear up after their dogs.
Plas Brondanw Gardens is located within the Snowdonia National Park near the village of Garreg Llanfrothen, Gwynedd, situated 5 miles from Porthmadog. Follow the brown signs.
Gerddi Plas Brondanw Gardens
Phone: 01766 772772