The gardens at Gliffaes Hotel are possibly at their most stunning at this time of year. The warmer air and longer days lead to trees and shrubs coming into leaf and blossom all in one riotous rush – its enough to take ones breath away.
Magnolia trees have early blossom and are fading quickly, as are the first Camillias. Bluebells galore are resplendent in the Spring light through out the woods. The first of the Rhododendrons are joining the party and the Cherry trees are just past their best. But perhaps the flower that caught my eye the most in the morning sunshine was the pretty Umbrella plant.
Also, the very unusual Handkerchief tree (Davidia involucrata) is just beginning to display its large white bracts, they look like a myriad of waving handkerchiefs, hence the name.
The gardens at Gliffaes are open for members of the public as well as the hotel visitors to wonder around and appreciate the planting. We have recently launched a Gliffaes Tree Walk map which you can purchase from the reception for £1 which helps identify around 40 species of tree and shrub. Free to residents.
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. Dogs are welcome to walk with you but please not in the hotel.
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.