Gliffaes Hotel has been in the same family for three generations and each generation has passed on the passion for collecting and planting interesting specimen trees, both native and exotic. In its 33 acres of grounds, it boasts over 100 different specimens ranging from Ancient Oaks, Beeches and huge Giant Redwoods to exotic Maples and Cedars.
James and Susie Suter, the hotel’s current guardians, feel it is high time they shared their knowledge of the trees at Gliffaes with a wider audience and so have created a mapped walk around the grounds taking in 40 of the best specimens. The treescape at Gliffaes has a story to tell of its own, with over 600 years of habitation including the Victorians with their use of planting and collecting trees from the new world as a statement of grandeur.
Working in conjunction with a tree expert and a graphic designer, The Gliffaes Tree Walk map has been in the making for the last 6 months. The walk is approximately a mile and is mostly flat and is easy going. For those in a wheelchair, or pushing a pram, many highlights can be enjoyed from the drive.
Collect the map from reception and head out on an easy stroll identifying the trees along the way. Take your time appreciating the stunning scenery, the river, surrounding hills and birdlife. Dogs are welcome to walk with you but please not in the hotel. There is a £1 charge for the map, however it is free if you join us for lunch or afternoon tea, or if you are a resident.
If you would like to bring a larger party of people, James Suter can offer a guided walk, but please ring reception on 01873 730 371 to book a time. We are open all year (except January) from 9am with bar lunches from 12 – 2.30pm and afternoon tea from 4 – 5.30pm.