Mathern Palace 2241

Chepstow, Wales

Brief Description

Henry Avray Tipping designed the gardens around the partially-ruined medieval Mathern Palace in the early-20th century. Medieval fishponds in the grounds and parts of the ruined Palace were incorporated into the original design. The garden has well-preserved terracing and structural planting of yew. There is also a sunken garden, originally designed as a rose garden.Although the site is now a private residence, it is available for hire for weddings and functions.


Mathern Palace was a bishops' residence until the end of the 17th century when it went into decline. When Tipping bought the property in 1894 it was a farmhouse. He renovated and remodelled it and laid out the gardens between 1894 and 1914 before moving to Mounton House.



  • Arts And Crafts
  • House (featured building)
  • Description: The oldest parts of Mathern Palace date from the 15th century but it was much altered over succeeding centuries and declined into a farmhouse. It was remodelled in the early-20th century when some of the ruins were incorporated into the garden.
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  • Arbour
  • Description: A large circular yew arbour planted by Tipping on one of the garden terraces.
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  • Fishpond
  • Description: Two linear medieval fishponds which Tipping brought into the design. One has now been given an irregular outline.
  • Loggia
  • Description: A loggia with wooden supports and a paved area in front of it.
Garden Terrace


  • Early 20th Century (1901-1932)
Associated People


01443 336000

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  • Philip and Helen Carter