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Cwm Weeg

Cwm Weeg is a one hectare (2.5 acre) garden located in a remote part of rural Powys. It is set within 24 acres of wild flower meadows and bluebell woodland and opens regularly to the public. The C15th century house is also open by prior arrangement.


Season:
Summer


Credits:
GAP Photos/Charles Hawes/Cwm Weeg


Feature No:   4825 

Qty of Images:    63 

 



 
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Synopsis
Cwm Weeg is amongst the oldest inhabited dwellings in the Kerry/Dolfor area of Powys and stems from the late 15th Century, possibly built between 1460 and 1480. When first built, Cwm Weeg was very likely the home of a prosperous Yeoman farmer but over the following centuries the occupants would become tenants to larger landowners and this was certainly the case from the 18th century onwards until the house again became owner occupied in the 1950s. In 1987 Wolfgang Schaefer and Kingsley George were living in Eastbourne in East Sussex but were already looking further afield for the house of their dreams. They had a firm idea of the sort of place they wanted to call home and the old house with a few acres of land with a south facing slope, some woodland and a stream at the bottom was part of the brief. Cwm Weeg fitted the bill perfectly, although they have bought additional land since the moved there. Over nearly three decades of living at the Cwm, major landscaping and gardening projects were undertaken and there has hardly been a period without ongoing building work. These include various terraces, fountain, 4 ponds, Grotto, moss garden with rock face and Stumpery. There have also been 3 major extensions to the old house and the erection of a large barn with gothic windows. They have also built a cottage at the entrance to the garden which is let out as a holiday home.

 

 

 
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