I have been on holiday this week in North Wales and visited
Bodnant Gardens which is 80 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland in Conwy North Wales
The National Trust's Bodnant Garden in Conwy is famous around the world for its botanical collections and stunning views across Snowdonia.
It is not just the lovely flowers and layout of the lawns as they lead you down to dells and yew trees that is magical. It is the Snowdonia mountains that you can see in the background that cast a spell over this special place. It is a real privilege to wander here.
I was making the most of a sunny afternoon and a National Trust Membership that I received as part of my working holiday at Erddig www.nationaltrust.org.uk/erddig earlier this year.
As my eldest son lives in North wales I do visit often but have never been to Bodnant before. I can`t imagine why as I have passed it often on my way to Betsw-y-Coed. Maybe I have been spoilt by so much beauty around me that I have missed this fantasy land.
I can`t do Bodnant Gardens justice with a camera it needs to be walked through to appreciate the work that has gone into creating it. The smell of flowers and water, the colours and the awesome size of some of the trees leaves a powerful impression. I want to go back each day and watch the trees change colour into their Autumn outfits, then again to watch the frost outline their branches against the sky.
Walk down quite a steep slope and you find this pretty waterfall and barns hidden amongst the trees.
There is a a tea room and some shops including tiny art shops and a pottery shop. A larger pavillion where you can get a large choice of dishes and an information centre. Bodnant Hall is not part of the National Trust and therefore is not accessable to visitors which seems a shame.
Mountains in the background of the top garden
All photos are by taken by me C. Reid