On our way back from a recent short break in North Wales we decided to head further south along the coast and then make our way home through Welshpool towards Shrewsbury so that we could visit Powis Castle. I think it's at least ten years since our last visit and the gardens hadn't changed, they were still as beautiful as I remembered them.
We went into the castle first but no photographs were allowed because the contents are still owned by the Herbert family although the property is administered by the National Trust. Its interior is quite dark to protect the furnishings and wall hangings which are very decorative and elaborate. So much to see, an exquisite book of hours, wonderful paintings and an Elizabethan long gallery off of which is an opulent state bedroom. After tea and scones in the cafe we set off to wander around the gardens.
With terraces on different levels you wind your way down the hill on which the castle stands to the wonderful late summer/early autumn borders.
Past wonderful architectural features and statuary
Stopping awhile to gaze at the views of the hills beyond
To the gates at the bottom of the garden.
This border against the wall next to the croquet lawn was so beautiful!
The weather was sunny and warm after the damp mist and stiff breeze on the coast earlier in the day
The apples were ripening on the trees and everywhere you looked seem lush and green.
A perfect, restful break on our journey home.