Monday, 13 January 2014

Glimpses of Nanhoron

One of the advantages of walking in Winter in Wales is that you often get to see views that are otherwise obscured by vegetation and trees. I recently took a walk from Nanhoron to Abersoch and caught this view of Nanhoron House through the trees. This is a Regency Mansion that has extensive gardens which have been featured in Country Life and Posh Plots on BBC TV. It also has a rather special holiday cottage, Hen Dy (old house) which can sleep up to 7 people and is set amongst the gardens. The house itself was used as the setting for the film, Autumn, which featured Anthony Hopkins in the title role. The Estate, some 5,000 acres of it, has been in the Harden family for 700 years (back to the time of the conquest of Gwynedd in 1283. The home farm of 1200 acres used to run as an intensive dairy farm with all the cattle housed in sheds. It is now moving towards establishing a commercial beef enterprise, mainly grass fed Herefords, and with some crops grown for forage. It is part of a Tir Gofal (Land Care) programme which protects the archaeological heritage and the natural environment in one scheme.

The Gardens at Hen Dy

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