20th Nov, 2011

Powis Castle & Garden

Sunday, 20/11/2011

After working all day long on Saturday,  I took “a day off” today. In Abergavenny the fog covers the Usk valley, you can’t see neither Blorenge nor Sugar Loaf. After Crickhowell I turn off the A40 and coming close to Talgarth Pass, I see the sun breaking through the clouds.

Sun over Talgarth Pass

Sadly, this will be the only time I see the sun today. Via Builth Wells, Llandrindod Wells and Newtown I soon arrive near Welshpool, to turn off the main road up to Powis Castle & Garden, one of the real Welsh castles.

Powis Castle is know for the baroque garden, but also for the yew headges, which grow to a landscape over the some threehundred years.

Powis Castle and the Orangerie just below the house

The court yard
The court yard
The countess
The countess

In the cellars and in the court yard buildings there is a christmas market today. That’s the reason there are only two rooms on display today. But these two rooms on the groundfloor are magnificantly decorated in period christmas decorations. I quite the castle and go down to the gardens.

Panorama (5.6MB)

Panorama (5.6MB)

In the garden, upper terrasse
In the garden, upper terrasse
One of the yew trees, planted around 1680

One of the yew trees, planted around 1680

Below the castle
Below the castle
Below the castle
Below the castle
Shortcut from the castle to the gardens
Shortcut from the castle to the gardens
Yew tree hedge
Yew tree hedge
Upper terrasse
Upper terrasse
Orangerie "on the third terrasse"
Orangerie “on the third terrasse”
Yew tree hedge
Yew tree hedge
Outbuildings near the kitchen garden
Outbuildings near the kitchen garden

After a nibble in the NT-Restaurant I started my trip home.