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Gardens of North Wales QQQ

Llandudno, Wales

  • Formality at Plas Cadnant
  • Italianate Portmeirion
  • Bodnant garden in spring
  • Victorian Llandudno has a glorious beach
  • The impressive exterior of the Dunoon Hotel
  • Dine in style at the Dunoon
  • A twin room
  • A typical bedroom
  • A typical bedroom
  • The lounge
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See the famous gardens of North Wales

Explore some of the hidden gardens of North Wales to see beautifully restored historic landscaping schemes and plantings, on three full day excursions visiting six gardens. Enjoy briefings and in-house talks by your expert host.

Including...

  • Expert Host
  • Saga Host
  • Included themed activities
  • Hosted welcome drinks reception
  • Meet and greet with expert host
  • Free hotel Wi-Fi
  • Hotel porterage
  • Cancellation rights

Plus, this hotel features:

  • All breakfasts and dinners

Included excursions:

  • Six visits

Address

The Dunoon Hotel, Gloddaeth Street, Llandudno, LL30 2DW

Introduction

The Dunoon Hotel (3Q) is a handsome building offering a traditional welcome in the Victorian resort of Llandudno – perfect for exploring the stunning scenery and attractions of North Wales.

Accommodation

The hotel has 48 traditionally-furnished bedrooms. Most are on landings with a lift but some only accessible by stairs. Superior rooms are available for a supplement – please call for details.

Television
Tea coffee making facilities
Telephone
Hairdryer
Room service
Wi-Fi

Food and Drink

Look forward to dining in the hotel's oak panelled dining room. The restaurant serves locally sourced food wherever possible, including fresh fish from Llandudno, cheeses from Blas Ar Fwyd and meat from the Conwy Valley. You can also relax with a drink in the Welsh Dresser Bar.

The impressive exterior of the Dunoon Hotel
A typical bedroom
Unwind in the hotel's bar

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Your gardens programme

Enjoy three full day excursions visiting five gardens:

Bodnant: Created over 150 years, by five generations of the same family, Bodnant Garden stretches over 80 acres of hillside in the the Snowdonia foothills, it was handed over to the care of the National Trust in 1949. Look out for the Italianate gardens, the rose garden, the gorge garden and National collections of Rhododendron, Magnolia, Eucryphia and Embothrium. There are some superb tree specimens and many plants were sourced by Edwardian plant hunters. Here you’ll also find the famous 55-metre-long laburnum walkway which, weather permitting, should just be in bloom.

Plas Cadnant: This recently restored garden lying on Anglesey and overlooking the Menai Straits, has a history dating back over 200 years. Like the Lost Gardens of Heligan it had fallen into ruin after World War II, but Antony Tavernor, who purchased the 200-acre estate in 1996 has been determined to return it to its former glories. His work has uncovered three distinct areas; a walled garden, a valley garden and an upper woodland garden which were laid out in the aesthetic ‘picturesque’ style of landscape designer Humphry Repton.

Dibleys Nurseries and Arboretum Garden: This famous nursery has taken 28 RHS Gold Medals at Chelsea and is known for its cultivation of Streptocarpus, a tender plant from the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa. The National Collection of Streptocarpus can be found here and you can also explore a 10-acre arboretum to see unusual trees and shrubs.

Nantclwyd y Dre: Visit Wales’ oldest timbered town house in Ruthin, Denbighshire, which dates back to 1435. The Grade II listed garden, which once supplied the nearby castle with fruit, has been extensively renovated to reflect how it would have looked in the 17th century and is home to fritillaries, old roses and lilies.

Portmeirion: Visit this Italianate village, designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, an experience akin to being beamed from North Wales to Tuscany in a moment. Clough played with proportion and scale to create this unique masterpiece which served as the location of Patrick McGoohan’s The Prisoner. He acquired the site on the Dwyryd estuary in 1925 and spent the next 51 years completing it, creating gardens that complimented his vision and utilising the natural beauty of the landscape to enhance and veil the village.

Plas Brondanw Gardens: Clough Williams-Eilis inherited the family home in 1908 at the tender age of 25. He worked on the design of the gardens throughout his lifetime, investing every penny he could spare to create terraces, lay yew hedging, create garden rooms, and cultivate topiary.


Gardens of North Wales QQQ

Llandudno, Wales

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