Powis Castle – A Welsh summer garden

statue detail at Powis Castle, Wales

This week’s #frifotos* theme is summer – and what better way to show off the season than with a beautiful summer garden.

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The girls and I are currently in Aberystwyth, mainly to attend Alex’ graduation, but also to explore more of one of our favourite lands, Wales. Driving from Shrewsbury to Aber this afternoon, we passed a sign for Powis Castle and naturally had to stop and investigate.



The medieval castle is high on a cliff near the town of Welshpool (or Trallwng in Welsh; such a cool language) and is interesting in itself. However, my favourite this afternoon was the beautiful summery gardens, the yews, the labyrinth, the greenery tunnel, the lead statues, the romantic secret little shelters, the terraces, the orangery, and not least, flowers like an ocean of colour.

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Would you like to live in this lovely summer garden?

In the middle of the gardens is this fabulous Edwardian cottage behind the pale pink roses. Can you see yourself living here for a few days? I can. And also, I can. It’s available for hire (contact National Trust if you’re interested.)

Edwardian cottage hidden behind pale pink roses at Powis Castle, Wales

*#FriFotos is a weekly Twitter chat founded by @EpsteinTravels where travellers share their favourite photos. Each week has a theme. Search #FriFotos on Twitter to see more or to join in.

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40 Responses to “Powis Castle – A Welsh summer garden”

  1. Sabina 13 July 2012 0209 #

    Your’re in Wales! I love Wales. I’ve only been there once – I really should go back! And I agree – their language is very cool – seems to be mostly consonants 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 July 2012 1023 #

      Not easy to understand, but very cool.

  2. ItalianNotes 13 July 2012 0959 #

    Great photos. There’s nothing quite like English gardens in the summertime, is there?

    • John 13 July 2012 2258 #

      Welsh gardens are a bit like English gardens as this post proves.
      The house is also a very interesting visit due to its links to Clive of India and the East India Company.

      • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 July 2012 1026 #

        Funny you mentioning that, John. I must admit I had ever heard of Clive of India until a few days ago, when I saw a statue of him in Shrewsbury, just across the border. Had to go into a shop and ask who this Clive was. Interesting bit of history there.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 July 2012 1024 #

      English, Welsh, British – all very pretty.

  3. Kim 13 July 2012 1644 #

    I would so love to live in that garden. Beautiful!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 July 2012 1026 #

      Isn’t it, though…

  4. Jackie Smith 13 July 2012 1803 #

    I would love to stay in that cottage. It is out of a storybook. . .beautiful photoes.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 July 2012 1026 #

      Thanks 🙂

  5. Lisa 13 July 2012 2004 #

    What a beautiful garden – love the photo of the cottage shot through the roses! Congratulations to Alex!!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 July 2012 1027 #

      Thanks, Lisa 🙂

  6. Christy @ Technosyncratic 13 July 2012 2210 #

    What a beautiful place to enjoy nice weather! And that statue of the pup standing on its back legs is super cute. 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 July 2012 1027 #

      The many cool statues certainly added to the charm of Powis Castle gardens.

  7. [email protected] 13 July 2012 2211 #

    what a stunning garden love castle gardens in the UK 🙂 thanks for sharing

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 July 2012 1028 #

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  8. Vera Marie Badertscher 13 July 2012 2306 #

    Garden cottage? Yes please! I so love these pictures. Want to go to Wales.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 July 2012 1029 #

      You’d love it, Vera Marie. Gorgeous gardens, fascinating history, mystery and magic everywhere.

  9. Cathy Sweeney 13 July 2012 2337 #

    I love your photos of these beautiful gardens. I’d also like to explore around that fabulous castle!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 July 2012 1029 #

      Love Welsh castles.

  10. Steve 14 July 2012 0312 #

    Gorgeous! Love the pic of the flowers with the cottage in the background!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 July 2012 1030 #

      Very representative of the gardens.

  11. Natasha von Geldern 14 July 2012 0356 #

    I’d SO love to live there for a few days! Delightful and idyllic 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 July 2012 1031 #

      I would, too. Definitely something to consider for next time…

  12. Angela 14 July 2012 1111 #

    Lovely garden, you took some beautiful shots!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 July 2012 1031 #

      Thanks, Angela 🙂

  13. Laurel 14 July 2012 1522 #

    I can definitely see myself spending a few days there or even living there! Congras on Alex’s graduation!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 July 2012 1031 #

      Me too. And thanks 🙂

  14. Tracy 16 July 2012 0029 #

    I think I could handle that as my garden. Can you imagine having all those gardens to play in every beautiful summers day. I just hope the house comes with a gardener … or 12!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 July 2012 1032 #

      Know what you mean. I love gardens, but not gardening…

  15. Abby 16 July 2012 0530 #

    I am such a sucker for gorgeous gardens. Beautiful photos!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 July 2012 1033 #

      So am I. Could wander around for ever.

  16. What a gorgeous garden! 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 July 2012 1033 #

      I feel lucky to have stumbled upon it (or rather, driven past and stopped on an impulse…)

  17. Andrea 16 July 2012 1108 #

    How lovely! Looks like the perfect place to spend an afternoon with a good book.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 16 July 2012 1607 #

      Excellent idea 🙂

  18. Ruth 12 August 2012 1618 #

    Thanks for sharing all of these gorgeous photos! I love exploring gardens wherever I travel. My most recent garden discovery is at the top of the Schlossberg mountain in Graz, Austria. In addition to a breathtaking view of the city, you get to experience the beauty of colorful flowers and well-kept grass and shrubberies. What a perfect way to spend a morning!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 February 2013 1048 #

      A mountain top garden in Austria sounds wonderful!

  19. The GypsyNesters 31 January 2013 1643 #

    Glorious! Can see myself there…for sure! -Veronica

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 February 2013 1048 #

      You’d like it there, Veronica 🙂

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