Take the Tree Tour at Bodysgallen Hall in North Wales. A Unique Hotel with over 200 Acres of Gardens
3 Nov 2016
- National Trust Hotel is ideal for garden lovers who can explore several follies, a walled garden, lily-pad ponds and a rare 17th century parterre of box hedges
- 2017 themed Garden Tour dates with Head Gardener unveiled
- Guests can also explore the extensive kitchen gardens with produce used in the hotel’s award-winning 3 AA Rosette restaurant
- Spectacular views of Snowdonia, Conwy Castle and other World Heritage Sites
Many hotels boast of their beautiful gardens but Bodysgallen Hall has even more reason to boast! The National Trust hotel is located in over 200 acres of gardens and parkland with Snowdonia as its backdrop. Award-winning restored gardens feature several follies, a walled garden, lily-pad ponds and a rare 17th century parterre of box hedges filled with colourful sweet herbs. An extensive kitchen garden is also available and Head Chef John Williams creates seasonal dishes with the garden’s produce.
Surrounding the house, guests can follow a trail with their own map and discover prize specimen trees and areas of the gardens, all with their own distinct identity including:
The Stone Pine (Pinus Pinea)
Planted over 200 years ago, this large specimen stands to the north of the house. Gnarled and twisted heavy branches radiating from a clear main stem culminate in a dense umbrella shaped canopy of needles on this shoots and branches. The cones are also rather heavy!
Commemorative English Oak
This tree, planted in the main park, commemorates Colonel Henry Mostyn who raised the 17th Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers to fight in the First World War. The Fusiliers were all local men whom Colonel Mostyn paraded in the park to the north of the house – this being the only piece of level land. The Oak tree now stands in the centre of the area.
Bodysgallen’s Ancient Woodland
Large Oak, Beech and Ash form part of the woodland at Bodysgallen, which is worthy of a visit in its own right. This part of the gardens was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest over 20 years ago.
Malus Walk – two varieties
Planted in 1983, Bodysgallen used two varieties, Malus Floribunda (meaning flowers in abundance) and Malus Red Jade. Malus is Latin for “apple”. The floribunda variety is a Japanese crab apple tree and produces clouds of spring blossom which changes from red, to pink, to white as the blossom ages. Miniature apple like fruits are present through the summer. Red Jade is an American hybrid of weeping habit.
To consult the full guide guests can visit, these are also available in each bedroom: http://www.bodysgallen.com/static/bodysgallen/uploads/documents/general/trees-at-bodysgallen-hall.pdf
Various springs traverse the parklands, and there are several woodland walks such as the Terrace Walk, the Eastern Covert Walk or the Pydew Village Walk that lead to a Gothic Tower and the obelisk located on top of the Pydew mountain.
As a National Trust garden, volunteering is an option. Volunteers can help prepare the award-winning gardens helping ensure the land is kept safe forever. The gardens are managed according to a long-term plan for their conservation, taking into account all their history, influences, qualities and contents, together with constraints that affect them. Volunteer gardeners help permanent staff in the upkeep, development and protection of the gardens in a variety of ways.
The Wales Coast Path has proved a huge success and autumn is a great time of year to head out and explore Wales on foot. North Wales is a great place for short walking breaks. Bodysgallen Hall, a National Trust hotel is the ideal base and its grounds cover over 200 acres meaning walkers can continue to explore once back at base! To this part of North Wales itself, the Wales Coast Path offers both flat and mountainous walks ideal for all levels of walkers.
Throughout 2017, several garden tours with Robert Owen the Head Gardener are planned. These tours commence with morning coffee at 11am followed by the tour with Robert then a two-course lunch with a glass of wine. The tours are priced £34.50 per person and each has a different theme.
The dates so far are:
24th February Snowdrops and Early Narcissus
24th March First Signs of Spring
21st April Fruit Trees in Flower & Estate Bee’s Busy on the Blossom
26th May Shrubs in Flower and Time to Sow
16th June Rose display begins and Early Summer Flowers
17th century Bodysgallen Hall with views across to Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, is well placed for visiting the castles, coasts and mountains of North Wales. Bodysgallen Hall is home to just 31 bedrooms split between spacious bedrooms in the house and cottages with their own outdoor space. The restaurant at Bodysgallen overlooks the stunning gardens and was recently awarded 3 AA Rosettes. The Bodysgallen Spa includes a spacious swimming pool with steam room and sauna and a sun terrace. There are also treatments by Darphin and Environ.
Tailor-made winter break:
Overnight stay with dinner (allowance of £43 per person), breakfast, use of spa and one of these: Champagne Afternoon Tea OR Bottle of house Champagne in room OR £30 voucher per person towards treatments in the spa, is priced from £300.00 per room per night based on two guests. Valid until 31st March 2017 excluding Christmas/New Year period.
Explore Llandudno staying at Bodysgallen Hall; “O’r Môr I’r Mynydd” “From the Mountains to the Sea”.
www.bodysgallen.com Llandudno, North Wales, LL30 1RS Tel: +44 (0)1492 584 466
B&B priced from £180.00 per night based on two sharing