In 1780, Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby bought an unassuming stone cottage on the outskirts of Llangollen. Over the next 50 years, they devoted their lives to converting the building into a gothic fantasy, and the gardens into a haven of different landscapes to appeal to the creative senses.
Inside the building you’ll see carved oak and stained glass rescued from local churches that were being restored. On display are some of their possessions and there is an audio tour to tell you the fascinating story of the ‘Ladies of Llangollen’ who caused such a stir when they ran away together to set up home in North Wales.
Did You Know?
The circle of stones in the grounds were placed by the Gorsedd of Bards for the award ceremony of the 1908 Llangollen National Eisteddfod.
Explore the 10 acres of grounds to discover formal ornamental and rose gardens and beautiful woodland. You can also take a riverside walk through the dell, restored as part of the Our Picturesque Landscape project. Throughout the grounds you will find secluded seating areas, fantastic vistas and carefully planned planting where visitors can stop and appreciate the beauty.
Lady Eleanor and Miss Sarah became celebrated for their friendship and welcomed many visitors to their home, including The Duke of Wellington, Wordsworth, Shelley, Sir Walter Scott and Josiah Wedgewood.
Now you can follow in their footsteps to experience this charming and romantic place. Knowledgeable staff are on hand to answer any questions and the lovely Tearooms serve locally sourced food and drink, and home-baked cakes.
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