Monday, 30 September 2013

Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes

I have to be honest, i had never heard of Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes until a few days before visiting. I had literally been surfing the net looking for somewhere interesting to go on the weekend when I stumble across the website.
So on looking at photos of the place and the website I decided to visit, and it really is magical.
Located in Caerwent, not far from Chepstow, Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes was created in the 1890's by James Pulham and Sons for Henry Oakley. After Oakley'd death in 1940 the grottoes and gardens disappeared, the land given over to post war food production, something that was considered far more important than an ornamental garden at the time.
In the 1960s soil from the M4 motorway cut was deposited on the site further hiding the wonders below, and that's how it remained until the Harris family bought the Dewstow House. 
The gardens were rediscovered and the entrance to the grottoes located and over the next few years, restored to its former glory.

I took so many photos on the day I visited that I will split them up over a few days


Grottoe entrance

For more information including opening times and prices visit the website by clicking HERE

You can also visit their Facebook page by clicking HERE

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