Gardens and Grounds

Upper House Farm & Spa, Craswall, is about the elegance of the English garden in the hills of the Brecon Beacons (with direct walking access to the National Park) and the breathtaking beauty of wild nature. It is only twenty minutes away from the world-renown literary town of Hay-on-Wye.

The beautiful English gardens around Long Barn, Hayloft Cottage and the Farm House are part of 70 acres consisting of fields bordered by ancient hedgerows crossed by old lanes and pathways such as the Medieval Path.

The multiple terraces supported by dry stone walls give to our English garden its mountain charm. Box edges and pyramid yew trees line the terraces. Numerous types of flowers, plants, herbaceous borders, and rose climbers will delight your senses.

In Spring 2015, we planted 8 acres of woodland indigenous to the Welsh Borders across the estate. We opened at the same time an entirely new walking track for your pleasure.

Outside the estate stretches an area of miles upon miles of unspoiled countryside, partly wild, partly cultivated. This is ideal setting for a walking holiday.

FLORA AND FAUNA OF THE BLACK MOUNTAINS AND BRECON BEACONS

  • Wide variety of plants and flowers: hawthorn and cherry blossoms, blue bells, wild garlic flowers and wild orchids, just to mention a few.
  • Beautiful fauna: buzzards, owls, falcons, soaring high in the sky. Swallows and the rare cuckoos are nesting here in summer.
  • Water abounds everywhere and the sound of many streams finding their way down to the valley can be heard.
  • At night, clear unpolluted skies offer an ideal environment for stargazing. This landscape provides exceptional sights in all seasons.