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Visit to Wyndcliffe Court in St Arvans.

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It’s often the case that places of interest which are on your doorstep are the last to be visited.I’m sure many of you have thought this.
Last Friday was a day which wasn’t too hot with a light breeze blowing,so my friend and I decided to make that visit which we had been putting off for awhile.

Wyndcliffe Court is a grade II listed building built in the Arts and Crafts style.The house was designed by Eric Francis and the gardens by Henry Avray Tipping.

The house is not open to the public. The formal gardens cleverly display many contemporary sculptures and metalwork amongst the various shrubs and trees.In all there are approximately 400 various local artists who display their work.Each season there is a turn around with new pieces.
Here are a few of our favourites;

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From the west end of the terrace is the sunken garden,a sun trap with sides cut into shallow terraces and an elegant stone lily pond at its centre.A summerhouse stands on the south west corner of this garden.Such a pretty building.

The morning ended with,(of course, it was her birthday!) a cream tea and strawberries on the terrace.The atmosphere was so tranquil.In the distance we could see the old Severn Bridge ,Chepstow race-course and Chepstow town.We will certainly revisit.

Before I go must show the last two “pieces of Art”……

“Contentment”!!!!

“Your guess is as good as ours”!!!!…… a large melon,of course!!!

Do visit if you are ever near…..the autumn season starts on August 12th…….ooh,and forgot to mention you can buy any of the displays and there is no entrance fee.

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Nice gardens with great views and interesting display pieces. Enjoyed these pictures Medowland. Thanks for sharing.

4 Aug, 2013

 

Your very welcome, K.Pleased you liked the blog.

4 Aug, 2013

 

Interesting blog Meadowland and I like the 'dancing' hare sculpture.

4 Aug, 2013

 

Love these Arts & Crafts places . . . we used to live very close to the Severn estuary, but I haven't heard of this one. You would love 'Blackwell' on the banks on Lake Coniston (or maybe you know it??). Ruskin lived nearby too!

4 Aug, 2013

 

What a lovely place,M.land..we love places like this too..great pieces of artwork too,and humorous :o)

4 Aug, 2013

 

Free entrance ML. wow that makes a change, it's a beautiful place, another one for the never ending list!!

4 Aug, 2013

 

A fascinating place and what a beautiful house and terrace. It reminds me of Blackwell, an arts and crafts house in the Lake District which I love.

4 Aug, 2013

 

Free entry and sculptures for sale - how to keep away? You could play "lets pretend" all the time!

4 Aug, 2013

 

What super photo's and a gorgeous place to visit. I had a look at their website which has loads more photo's and as they were taken before yours, different too.
They have views of the azaleas all in bloom which must have been a picture.
It's true what you say about not visiting local attractions, you wouldn't dream of missing some of them if you were on holiday, but because they are local - you just don't get round to it!
Shows how tastes play a huge part in what to put in the garden too - some I loved and some you just think "why?".

5 Aug, 2013

 

A very interesting place and in a lovely area too :o)

5 Aug, 2013

 

Yes, Hywel, it is! Very fond of the area, especially when there are little jewells like this.

5 Aug, 2013

 

Haven't been on their website yet..Honey...so pleased you were able to see more exhidits....the azalea time will be a must time to visit.

5 Aug, 2013

 

From your photograph the view looks spectacular ML, I particularly like the little girl and the hare - not so sure about the spare glasses pod! Perhaps this has been made up from visitors spec's that have been mislaid in the grounds! :D

6 Aug, 2013

 

It is a magical place, Tracey.....not so sure about the "glasses" either! Could have brought the hare home quite easily.

7 Aug, 2013

 

Looks a wonderful place to visit.
Thanks for sharing the pics :o)

7 Aug, 2013

 

:o))

8 Aug, 2013

 

Lots of inspiration to be had when visiting gardens like these. Great photos J, really enjoyed them. Pleased to see you have found a friend with mutual interest in gardening to accompany you - just wish I lived nearer I would come with you. btw I quite liked the glasses thing, reminded me of a giant wasps nest! Did you see Beechgrove garden last week? They featured Lesley Watsons garden - she had lots of quirky arty farty things in her garden. I think it makes your garden much more interesting and adds a bit of fun. Its a good excuse to go trawling around interesting places too!

12 Aug, 2013

 

You would be my first choice as a friend to go with Roz(Shush, don't tell anyone).....LOL.......yes, did see Beechgrove......always record it for a day when gardening isnt possible.Quite different from GW.....nobody quite as appealing as MD on it, sadly.

12 Aug, 2013

 

Aww thanks Julia, (blush) Do you think they would miss that statue of the girl with her knees clutched up to her chest, its just what I'd like for the edge of my pond. Hate to say it but Ive gone off Monty a bit. He keeps making controversial comments about other peoples taste in gardens. Quite upset one of the young designers exhibiting at Hampton Court. Getting himself into all sorts of trouble. He then went on to wax lyrical about the guy sitting with a gas mask on in front of a wall of graffiti! (don't quite understand) I'm a bit more on the live and let live side, or in other words each to their own - though the guy in the gas mask certainly doesn't get my vote. Quite cross really - we paid to see that!!!

13 Aug, 2013

 

They would if I reached her first!!!!.....Ah, poor MD, it might be a midlife crisis!.....I'm on his side.....sorry.xx

13 Aug, 2013

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