Discover the fine foliage at our Brecon hotel this spring!
It’s been a long winter in the Gliffaes Garden, which has slowed things down hugely. We like to think we are sheltered by the Brecon Beacons on one side and the Black Mountains on the other, but I don’t think they have afforded us much protection from those Siberian temperatures of February and March. However, because of the colder temperatures, we still have acres of stunning Daffodils and Narcissi flowering; they really brighten up the garden after such a long cold spell and the golden trumpets against deep blue skies really do look stunning. As well as daffodils, I love the Primula Denticulata, an upright purple Primula that grows alongside a small stream in our water garden; it is such a pretty sprinkling of early purple.
The Gliffaes Camellias have also been magnificent this year and have continued to bloom at our Brecon hotel (some since late January) because it has been so cool. They were brave and even flowered during all the snow and though they are still contributing many colours to the garden including whites, pale pinks, bright pinks and reds, the Tulips in our River Bed are stealing the show right now!
The sun is finally out today and the temperatures are rising. This will give a kick start to the slowly awakening garden. The Magnolia stellata looks wonderful and the huge Magnolia soulangeanas in the West side of the garden should be next on the list for a magnificent showing.
A large number of our trees are also now starting to come into leaf and bud and there is promise of beautiful blossoms and leaves to come. Some of the evergreen trees have also got incredible flowers, such as the Hemlock shown here and some of the Thujas have a covering of almost fuchsia coloured flowers right now.
Hopefully we can look forward to an amazing show of blossom throughout the Gliffaes garden very soon. It is well worth a visit in April, May and June when the many Magnolias, Cherries, Azaleas and Rhododendrons make a fantastic display.
We are still unsure as to when we can re-open. I think it will be around the 24th May.
Gliffaes will not be open for outdoor dining only – I am afraid the numbers don’t stack up for us.
Mark Drakeford, The Welsh First Minister has given no definitive date for the opening of indoor hospitality in Wales.
This matter is further confused by the local elections on the 6th May. If Labour is returned to power he tells us that he will be minded to consider the opening of indoor hospitality on the 17th May and I guess he will give us about a week’s notice taking us to the 24th May.
Online booking is available and reception will be staffed from 9am to midday from Monday to Saturday, so please do call us.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.