Visiting the Walled Garden at Llanerchaeron
Built in the late 18th century, the Walled Garden at Llanerchaeron has been producing fruit and vegetables for over 200 years. Originally a high-tech hive of Georgian industry the gardens have a much more romantic and dreamy feeling about them today. Step into the Walled Garden and see a wide range of produce growing – some of which you can buy to take home.
The Walled Garden at Llanerchaeron
Within the walls you will find productive kitchen gardens, ancient fruit trees, remnants of horticultural technology spanning the lifetime of the garden, herbaceous borders and a wonderful herb garden.
Heated beds for fruit
The south facing walls were all heated by fire pits when first built and evidence of these remains as well as two beds heated by hypocausts which were used for fruit production. In the frame yard you will find a fire pit used to heat cold frames.
Along the south facing walls is a Victorian greenhouse heated by circulating hot water systems which remain in place, though not now heated, and also a gently decaying concrete greenhouse from the 1950s. Over 200 years of horticultural history along 100 metres of wall.
Sixty varieties of apple
Ancient apple trees, originally espalier, have created their own unique shapes and look as if they have seen every season that has passed since the walled gardens were first built. In more recent years more apple trees have been planted within the walled garden and there are now over 60 varieties of apple.
The herb garden
The herb garden is under the south facing wall of the east walled garden. 25 rectangular beds arranged in a ‘piano key layout’ are filled with a range of culinary and medicinal herbs.
Unusual fruit and veg
In an experimental corner of the garden, you will find vegetables growing that normally only grow in hotter climes – from cape gooseberries to red peppers. When wandering around the garden, take a moment to look carefully and you might spot the delicious golden raspberries or an unusual stripy bean.
Fresh produce from the garden to your plate
Produce is sold in visitor reception and the offer varies from day to day. Everything in the kitchen garden is slow grown and seasonal, meaning the produce is plump, juicy and extra tasty. A team of dedicated staff and volunteers tend to the plants, pick the fruit and veg and prepare them for sale.
We also sell a variety of perennial plants and herbs propagated on the estate. By buying Llanerchaeron produce you are helping us care for this garden and continue its restoration, thank you.
You can enjoy a walk and see a variety of wildlife year-round at Llanerchaeron in the parkland, woods, meadows and of course the working farmyard.
For over three centuries Llanerchaeron in Ceredigion was home to ten generations of the Lewis/Lewes family. Discover how each generation contributed to the estate as you see it today.
Llanerchaeron’s Georgian villa created by architect John Nash makes the most of the views across the picturesque Aeron valley. Discover a complete service courtyard at the back of the house.
On your visit to Llanerchaeron why not treat yourself to one of Conti's Café’s famous ice creams, take home fresh produce grown in the garden and browse the second-hand bookshop.