18th-century Welsh gentry estate -- a rare survival
Mr J. P. Ponsonby Lewes, last of the tenth generation of the family to have lived here, bequeathed Llanerchaeron to the National Trust in 1989. This rare example of a self-sufficient 18th-century Welsh minor gentry estate has survived virtually unaltered. The Villa, designed in the 1790s, is the most complete example of the early work of John Nash. It has its own service courtyard with dairy, laundry, brewery and salting house, and walled kitchen gardens produce fruit, vegetables, herbs and plants, all on sale in season. The pleasure grounds with ornamental lake provide wonderful peaceful walks. The Home Farm complex has an impressive range of traditional and atmospheric outbuildings and is now a working organic farm with Welsh Black Cattle, Llanwenog Sheep and rare Welsh Pigs. Visitors can see farming activities in progress, such as lambing, shearing and hay-making. Beyond, the wide expanse of parkland offers breathtaking walks through the beautiful Aeron Valley
Name and credits for images of Llanerchaeron
Description of image - Exterior view of the Billiard Room at Llanerchaeron. It was built in 1845 by the estate mason David Morgan. The clerestory windows allowed an even light to fall on the billiard table.
Credit for photograph: ©NTPL/Andreas von Einsiedel
Copyright: ©NTPL/Andreas von Einsiedel
Description of image - A mixture of Penstemon and other perennials in the West Walled Garden at Llanerchaeron Estate in Wales. Dark version.
Credit for photograph: Andrew Butler
Copyright: ©NTPL/Andrew Butler
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