Dyffryn Gardens: Summer 2019

This morning I paid my annual spring/summer visit to Dyffryn Gardens. Situated in the Vale of Glamorgan, just outside Cardiff, Dyffryn Gardens is run by the National Trust and is home to a grand Edwardian manor, surrounded by some 55 acres of botanical gardens – and it's one of my favourite places for a weekend... Continue Reading →


If I was ever to write an Agatha Christie-style 1920s murder mystery, I'd set it at Tyntesfield, a gloriously Gothic manor surrounded by acres of land in the middle of the Somerset countryside. It's the sort of place where you could imagine cocktail-drenched parties full of bright young things taking place and then a dead... Continue Reading →

Dyffryn Gardens: The manor house

I've written about my annual day trips to Dyffryn Gardens a lot, but for some reason I've never written about the house even though I always go inside and have a look around. Dyffryn House is a large, beautiful Victorian mansion set amid 55 acres of gardens. It was built in 1895 by the Cory... Continue Reading →

Dyffryn Gardens 2017

In July, I made my annual trip to Dyffryn Gardens, a grand Victorian manor house in the Vale of Glamorgan in south Wales. The house is surrounded by extensive gardens and is a really pleasant place to go for an afternoon stroll. I like going back at least once a year to see how the... Continue Reading →

Dyffryn Gardens in spring

There's no better place to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon in springtime than the grounds of a country house with beautiful gardens. So I headed to Dyffryn Gardens, a gorgeous National Trust property in the Vale of Glamorgan with extensive grounds and lovely Edwardian gardens. The main house (below), which was built by the fabulously... Continue Reading →

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