Deep in the heart of Wales, Powis Castle and Garden presides in peaceful splendor, drawing guests to tour the rare, tiered landscape and to admire the red-stone fortress that has weathered war and the elements for centuries.
In the thirteenth century, dedicated laborers began building a medieval fortification in Wales, positioning the stone structure on a rocky promontory that gave its occupants an unobscured view of the valley and surrounding countryside. Today, scores of visitors tour the venerable estate, now known as Powis Castle and Garden.
Although the keep is famous for its antiquities and period décor, the exterior environs of the manse are equally spectacular. Original statuary, weathered by time, remains on a balustrade from which visitors can enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
The exquisite Italianate garden—sheltered by ancient, clipped yew trees—blooms year-round with native and exotic plants. The lovely, tiered grounds of Powis Castle and Garden were created in this Italianate style and have survived through the ages.
A well-groomed hedge adds structure to the riotous beauty of exotic blooms. The steep slopes are enhanced with colorful plantings.
Powis is also home to rare treasures, such as an unparalleled collection of artifacts from India, displayed in an adjacent museum. Within the mansion, the Long Gallery showcases the earliest interiors of the edifice, dating back to 1592. In the gallery, the plasterwork ceiling and overmantel represent Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
In the heart of the garden is a guesthouse, built in a half-timbered style, where visitors can stay overnight. Rich in history and renowned for its breathtaking castle and grounds, the property was bequeathed to the United Kingdom’s National Trust in 1952 to be shared with history enthusiasts and nature lovers for generations to come.
To learn more about Powis Castle and Garden, read “Fortified for the Ages,” on page 57 of the September 2014 issue of Victoria magazine.