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Exploring the estate at Llanerchaeron

Trees just starting to turn red by a lake in early autumn
The Lake at Llanerchaeron | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Any time of year is great for visiting the estate at Llanerchaeron. In spring, flowers carpet the woods and in summer the estate is full of song and colour. Autumn brings beautiful colours to the woods, while winter sees early birds nesting in unusual places.

Two newly born lambs
Two newly born lambs | © National Trust / Heather Birnie

The farmyard at Llanerchaeron

The stockyard on the farm at Llanerchaeron was perfectly designed to house and rear the livestock to supply the estate with meat and cereal crops.

When you visit, have a look around the stockyard to see if you can work out what these buildings were used for.

There are still Llanwenog sheep and Welsh pigs on the parkland, sometimes they can be seen on the farmyard, giving you a clue to the use of the buildings.

The Geler Jones collection

Housed in a purpose-made building at the bottom end of the estate, just off the farmyard is private collector Geler Jones’s treasure trove of early 20th-century agricultural and domestic machinery and implements, as well as horse drawn carts and carriages, and a magnificent steam engine named ‘Glenys’.

Autumn highlights on the estate

In the autumn, a calm begins to descend over the estate as the leaves in the woods turn fiery red, mellow ochre and rich bronze.

Throughout the season, the meadows, woodland and waters of Llanerchaeron are a haven for wildlife, including birds, bats and otters.

Waxcap mushrooms start fruiting, and glowing gems of crimson, saffron, white and emerald appear on the lawns to create a sea of jewels before the winter arrives. Traditional, low-level farming at this Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) allows this rare fungus to thrive and 25 species have been recorded here.

Close up of a waxcap fungus in dewy grass with a cranefly on the underside gills
A waxcap fungus | © National Trust Images / Corrinne Manning

Visiting with dogs

Dogs are welcome to explore the main site including the gardens, pleasure groundsa and lake. To keep our farmyard animals safe and happy, dogs are not permitted in the farmyard (assistant dogs only).

Walking the estate

There are plenty of walks here at Llanerchaeron for you to enjoy. Why not enjoy a walk around the estate during opening hours, or perhaps a wander around the parkland.  

Perhaps you would like a stroll through the woods, looking out for wildlife by the river Aeron running alongside the path. The fantastic ground flora in the woods is one reason it is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.  

A child and adult, pushing a pram, walk past the entrance of the villa at Llanerchaeron, Wales

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Find out when Llanerchaeron is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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