It is our intention to open the garden on a regular basis as soon as possible, and we are working towards that end. Updates will appear on our website.
Pantyfod is a converted stone longhouse, a former hill farm, 1000ft. above sea level, built in a hollow on a mountainside above the Teifi Valley. From the house and gardens are stunning, panoramic views to the west, north and east, over the valley with its winding river, and across the mountains beyond, dotted here and there with isolated farmsteads and cottages. In clear weather, Snowdon can be seen in the distance, 98miles away.
The garden was begun in 1987, in a couple of acres of old hill-pasture, which begins above the cottage, stepping down in terraces and slopes, until the end of the garden, where the mountainside drops steeply away to the valley below. It contains a variety of habitats, with a grove of mature beech trees, shady woodland conditions, sun-drenched borders and spring-fed ponds. We have planted numerous trees and shrubs, and, over the years, have added a wide variety of perennials, many of which are unusual or rare. The garden is an on-going project: there is usually an area of work-in-progress to be seen amongst the more mature flowerbeds. Consequently, visitors will not see an unnaturally manicured, finished garden, but one which is always evolving. In 2002, we began extending the garden and developing our nursery in a further acre-and-a-half of adjoining hill-pasture.
Beyond our borders, there is a rugged mountain landscape. We are very pleased to find that the relative oasis of our garden has become a haven for all sorts of wildlife. In springtime it is filled with the song of nesting birds, and is home to numerous butterflies, moths, bees, dragonflies, newts, frogs etc, whilst overhead the sky-larks sing and, the birds of wilder landscapes, the red kites, buzzards, ravens and occasionally curlews fly and call.