Gliffaes Hotel is blessed with so many trees, we could almost be called an arboretum! The foresight of those folk who planted the superb specimen trees here over a hundred years ago has to be recognised as a most generous gift. Autumn is certainly the season when we can really stand back and admire the many shades of gold, red, yellow and green as the trees put on one last hurrah before winter starts and the leaves are blown away.
The last weeks of October into the beginning of November are certainly the best time of the year to come and admire the autumn colours – and we have mapped out a route around the 33 acres of grounds to take you past 40 or so of the best specimen trees we have. Along the way you will also get wonderful views across the Usk valley and on to the deeply wooded banks of the river covered in large beeches, oaks and ash for a quite stunning backdrop to your walk.
The walking is very gentle, and you are most welcome to bring a dog on lead. The recommended route around the trees would take around 40 minutes, and you could even extend it by strolling along the river.
After your walk, make sure you come inside for morning coffee or lunch in the conservatory (12.00 – 2.30pm) or come and sit by the fire and enjoy a splendid buffet-style afternoon tea (4.00 – 5.30pm).
If you are a group of ten or more, and would like a guided tour of the trees and woods learning a little about the gardens and the on-going planting and development of the treescape, please get in touch with James Suter via the contact form or calling the hotel (01874 730 371).
Whatever you do, don’t leave it too long – you’ll miss the amazing display!