Plas Brondanw Garden (Wales): he built a village to prove development could be sympathetic to the countryside but this was his personal retreat

This garden was created by Clough Williams-Ellis, who also built Portmerion, a village that recreates a slice of Italy on the coast in mid-Wales and was an example of how villages and suburban sprawl could be built in the countryside without destroying the aspect.

However, he said that this garden was the reason why he ever worked and every time he earned £1000, he would add something to his own garden.

What do you think of the colours of the paint around the garden?

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It was almost like being back in Italy on a rainy day.

I personally never want to own a garden on a hill.

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When visited: April 2012

Website: http://www.brondanw.org/english/garden/garden.html

Theme tune: Ziggy Stardust

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4 thoughts on “Plas Brondanw Garden (Wales): he built a village to prove development could be sympathetic to the countryside but this was his personal retreat

  1. In response to your question regarding the use of the accent colors used throughout the gardens, I’d like to know if they have any historical merit? I can always forgive history when it’s authentic. But the blue and yellow colors used on the iron work are perfectly in vogue right now. Not that I would use those colors, but they are, au currant.

    1. I think the colours are just estate colours – the same colours pop up in Portmerion Village (http://www.portmeirion-village.com/en/gallery/photos/portmeirion/). I wouldn’t want to teach my grandma to suck eggs, but most great estates used the same colour to paint their woodwork and metal – on their great houses, the worker’s houses, the stables etc. A subtle way of showing who owned what! Interestingly, the colours at Sandringham aren’t too disimilar to Cloughs and that post will come up soon.

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