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Lodge Park, Talybont 2135

Brief Description

Lodge Park features a deer park that dates from before 1637 and possibly from medieval times. The 17th-century house at the centre of the park was converted from a parker's lodge and enlarged in the 18th century. There is a range of outbuildings, a kitchen garden and small ornamental garden.


There was a house on the site in 1616, which was remodeled after 1636 by Thomas Bushell. There were further alterations to the house between 1787 and 1791, and a kitchen garden and orchard were in place west of the house by 1787. The park was used for hunting until the early-20th century.



Detailed Description

Lodge Park is a surviving, reasonably intact lozenge-shaped deer park dating from before 1637. Parts of its boundaries, including the walls, are in good condition and its form and history suggest a medieval origin. The parkers' lodge at the centre of the park was converted to a substantial house in the 17th century and further enlarged in the late-18th century. It has the usual range of outbuildings, kitchen garden and small ornamental garden.
  • House (featured building)
  • Description: The present house dates from the mid-17th century, but was much altered between 1787 and 1791, and further enlarged and improved in the late-19th century.
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  • Kitchen Garden
  • Description: There is an area of former kitchen garden to the west of the house.
  • Kitchen Garden
  • Description: There is a walled kitchen garden to the north of the house.
  • Park Wall
  • Description: The medieval deer park wall survives on the north-east boundary as a revetted bank clad in vertically placed stones and an internal ditch.
  • Summerhouse
  • Description: The footings survive of two Victorian summerhouses which were situated on the ridge commanding views to the sea to the west.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The deer park is accessible at all times as Forestry Commission land along waymarked trails. The house, Lodge Park, its cottages and walled garden are privately owned and there is no visitor access. Please respect signage.


Lodge Park is west of the A487, north of Tre'r-ddol and south of Furnace. There are two roadside stopping places.

Civil Parish

  • Llangynfelyn

Detailed History

The earliest known reference to a house on this site was in 1616 when Hugh Myddleton of Chirk Castle was awarded the lease of several Cardiganshire silver mines by James I. In 1636 the eccentric garden-maker, mining entrepreneur and associate of Sir Francis Bacon, Thomas Bushell, took a lease on the house, lived there and remodelled an older structure. Further alterations took place between 1787 and 1791. A kitchen garden and orchard was in place west of the house by 1787. The park was always used for hunting and this tradition continued into the Edwardian period.
Associated People


01443 336000

Official Website


  • Forestry Commission (Welsh Assembly)

    Victoria Terrace, Aberystwyth, SY23 2DQ



  • Caroline Palmer

  • Ros Laidlaw