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This site has the following component area(s):

Hafod, Mariamne's Garden

Hafod, Mrs Johnes' Flower Garden


Brief description of site

This was a significant landscape designed according to the principles of the Picturesque, and an essential destination for tourists in the late-18th to early-19th centuries. The mid-20th-century forested landscape is undergoing restoration to reveal the original Picturesque structure and scenic walks.

Brief history of site

This Picturesque landscape was laid out by Thomas Johnes (1748-1816) around his newly-built mansion. Subsequent owners changed little apart from ornamental plantings in the parkland. The Forestry Commission bought the estate in 1950. The house was demolished in 1958.

Location information:

Address: Hafod Estate Office, Pontrhydygroes, SY25 6DX

Locality: Aberystwyth

Local Authorities:

Ceredigion; Pontarfynach; Ysbyty Ystwyth; Lledrod

Historical County: Cardiganshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 135 Grid Ref: SN 758733
Latitude: 52.3437 Longitude: -3.8246

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Visitor information:

Free car park (and portaloo).
Small disabled car park near office.
Nine miles of way-marked walks (free).
Guided walks by arrangement.
Online guidebook available.

Key information:

Form of site: demesne

Purpose of site: Forestry

Context or principal building: historic house

Plant type/environment: woodland garden

Site Style : Picturesque

Site first created: 1783

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 250

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