My family came over from Germany to see me graduate which meant the world to me. We don't get to see each other much now, they live in the Middle East with my younger brother and I only saw them during term time holidays. Now that I'm freshly graduated our time spent together is much more precious because I won't get so much time with them once I find a 'real' job.
So in a bid to make the most of our time together, and the lovely weather, we headed out to the little Welsh village of St. Nicolas to visit Dyffryn House and Gardens. Having lived in the Middle East for 17 years my mother has been starved of lush green gardens that don't include palm trees. Through the National Trust there is a wealth of gardens in the UK that my mum would love to see, as it turns out Dyffryn is a grade I listed garden and it's easy to see why. According to the official website Dyffryn is:
an exceptional example of Edwardian garden design, covering more than 55 acres featuring a stunning collection of intimate garden rooms, formal lawns and seasonal bedding. There is also a statuary collection, and an arboretum featuring trees from all over the world.The part that impressed me the most was Dyffryn House. Maybe it's all the trashy regency novels I've been reading recently (I'm a graduate, I'm allowed!) but I just felt as if I'd stepped into Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer's world. Wishful thinking I know. The ceilings on the ground floor were beautifully painted and the National Trust staff had laid our beanbags so you could lie down on them and look at the painting, it was just breathtaking. Sadly the family who owned the house didn't actually spend much time there at all but preferred to stay in London. If I had the choice between this house and London I know which one I'd choose in a heartbeat. You can't beat a beautiful house in the countryside in my book.
If you're ever in this part of the world I can't recommend Dyffryn enough for a visit, it's quintessentially British and a perfect place to while away a summer day (here's hoping we get a few more of those!).