Garden Tours at Stradey Castle
Generations of the family have taken advantage of the mild climate and acid soil to create a woodland garden which is of great interest. Sir David and Lady Mary Mansel Lewis (parents of the present owner) restored the 'Wilderness' garden of the original Stradey House. They planted a substantial collection of unusual trees and shrubs, in particular Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias and Magnolias. Paulownia tomentosa, Parrotia persica, Magnolia wilsonii, Cunninghamia lanceolate, Metasequoia glyptostroboides, Eucryphia glutinosa ‘Plena’, E.lucida and Stewartia pseudocamellia are some of the trees that are now well established here.
Extending interest into summer and autumn has been the focus of more recent planting. 4 more Stewartia species have been planted, 3 further Eucryphia, 2 Hoheria and a good selection of Hydrangeas as well.
"The design, variety and your passion for the gardens came over to us all. The Wilderness garden was a wonderful example of a microclimate. Something that everyone commented on was your commitment as a family to Stradey and letting it grow and develop for future generations."
Pennard Garden Society
A similar pattern can be seen from the top of the front drive all the way down the back drive to the Wilderness. Further areas have been planted around the summer house, on the bank above the House, around the car park, the lake and the waterfall area.
Stradey has a formal south and east facing terrace garden around the house with stunning views across the Parkland to the sea and Gower beyond. The extensive borders surrounding the lawns and an ornamental pond have all been replanted over recent years. The former tennis court area, next door, is now a venue for marquee wedding receptions.
We welcome private tours of the garden by appointment with tea in the House at end on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Small groups/individuals can visit the garden on their own, making use of an audio tour which has been recorded on the free Garden App ‘Candide’. This is strictly by appointment only and is charged at £5 per head.
Private tour of the garden
Private Guided tours of the garden are charged at £10 per head (including light refreshments) with a minimum of £150 per tour. An hour's tour without refreshments can be negotiated at a lower fee.
We can accommodate up to 30 people, and please be advised that only a medium sized coach (seating approx 35 people) can get through the main gates. Groups travelling in a large coach would need to walk down the drive, which is about 400m long. For information, please see our directions page
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