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Llansantffraed Court is blessed with an acre of walled Victorian kitchen garden which was a sea of brambles when it was bought in 1997. The first thing we needed was a tractor! The restoration begun in earnest a couple of years back, it is a very hard work but fruitful and rewarding, and we have a had a couple of very productive seasons.
The garden is a lovely peaceful and sheltered place to sit with a book, and weather permitting we can serve lunch or afternoon tea amongst the plants. Almost zero food miles!
It started with only just a few veg plots and a small glass green house at the side. Today it has two additional poly-tunnels, which are full of tasty tomatoes, the best salad leaves and cucumbers in the summer. We now have 8 main beds fully planted, each one 25 m x 4 m, plus two further test beds, meaning we now have about 1000 square metres of vegetables in production. In addition we have planted a number of old variety fruit trees, and even have a kiwi plant.
In June 2012 we acquired a magnificent second hand 22 by 5 meters Victorian glass house, to be a focal point of the garden. The structure itself has wonderful history to it. It belonged to Lord Mountbatten of the Broadlands Estate, and we thought it would fit perfectly.
We grow anything from potatoes, beans, cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli, asparagus, herbs, celery, celeriac, chard, beetroots, pumpkins, peppers – all picked daily and for you to try in our restaurant. You are welcome to have a look any time, and Heide will be happy to give you a guided tour!
Keep an eye out for our Veggie Gardening Courses starting soon.