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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Beatrix Potter connections
The house is mainly 18th and 19th century, though it does incorporate bits of the 16th-century house. The history of the site goes back much further; the first written record dates to 1403. The interior features decorative plasterwork. Dr Johnson visited Gwaenynog in 1774.
In the late 19th century Gwaenynog Hall was owned by Beatrix Potter's aunt and uncle Harriet and Fred. From 1895 to 1913 the author visited north Wales 13 times and fell in love with the Hall and its gardens. She used the kitchen gardens as the setting for The Tale of The Flopsy Bunnies, and used her sketches of garden features to illustrate the book. You can see Mr McGregor's potting shed, looking just as it did in the book.
The gardens have been restored to the way they looked when Beatrix Potter visited, with pear and apple trees, peaches, damson plums, and herbaceous plants creating a lush scene. And of course there are rabbits, which continue to visit just as they did when Beatrix Potter was here!
As of this writing the garden is open during the summer months by appointment only.
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About Gwaenynog Hall
Address: Pentrefoelas Road, Denbigh, Denbighshire, Wales, LL16 5NU
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: Off the A543, 2 miles west of Denbigh
Website: Gwaenynog Hall
OS: SJ035 655
Photo Credit: Screenshot image is (c) Visit Wales
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