Plas Tan y Bwlch is a magical place. It was built by the Oakley family who had made a fortune out of slate mines. The landscape was remodelled and gardens and woodland was laid out and stocked with rare species. It is now owned by the Snowdonia National Park and used as a study centre. It is open for you to visit most days. Just ask the receptionist to introduce the place to you. I recommend the Library if a study group is not in session. Parking is free.
Even the stables were built to the highest standard and is now a conference venue/lecture hall.
|Azalea in bloom|
|View down into the valley|
The gardens are magnificent and retain many of the features of the Picturesque Movement-gardens which incorporated the wild. There are many exotic plants and also a scented garden for the blind.
The woodland walks are superb and open to all. There are terraced pathways with unrivalled views of the valley below.