Where? National Trust property approximately 5 miles outside Aberaeron.
How much? Adult £7.10, Child £3.60. Family tickets are available and reduced admission is available if you use a green method of transport.
When? The property is now open Wednesday – Sunday and will be open 7 days a week from 4th April.
Over the weekend I was entertaining a history loving friend. When I was searching for things to do in Ceredigion I discovered there was a National Trust property hidden away. We both love exploring old properties so I knew it was definitely a way for us to spend an afternoon.
The history bit.
Llanerchaeron is a minor gentry estate that dates back to the 18th-century. The house was passed down through the generations until it was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1989. When they took the house on it was in a poor state so they undertook the necessary restoration work and have returned it to its wonderful original state. In addition to the villa itself there is a courtyard that was used by the service staff with outhouses on the three non house sides of the square that were used for purposes including laundry, cheese storage and meat curing.
Walking round the house we were met at regular intervals by National Trust volunteers. They were all brilliant, they knew lots about the house, the contents of the rooms and the people who had lived in them. Some of the people we spoke to had been with the property since it had first been acquired, they were able to tell us about the restoration work – something we found fascinating.
A tranquil inspiration.
My favourite part of the house was a sitting room on the first floor. This circular room was decorated in a beautiful pale green and felt wonderfully calm and tranquil. Through the window you could see lovely views of the Welsh countryside. There was a desk against one wall and a couple of comfortable chairs. I could instantly picture myself working in this room. The lady who was the volunteer working on the first floor told us that it was a room that the ladies of the house used both for writing and for sewing. Whilst she was telling us about this I began to be able to picture the ladies and now feel tempted to write their story.
More to see than the house.
In addition to the house we were able to explore the walled gardens. At this time of the year they’re getting everything ready, many of the beds were clearly ready for things to be planted in them. I have been told that during the summer months the beds are always full, and the fruit and vegetables that they grow are available for sale. We also had a pleasant stroll around the lake, it has an island in the middle that made us both think of Swallows and Amazon.
We didn’t venture any further than this, but a short walk on from the house and gardens is the Home Farm complex – a working organic farm complete with animals.
I really feel like we uncovered a gem in Llanerchaeron. The house is beautifully restored and the volunteers are very knowledgeable and friendly. I shall certainly be visiting again next time someone comes to visit.