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13/07/2016

Exploring somewhere new - Insole Court, Cardiff

Insole Court Cardiff


We have driven past many times but have never gone down the long drive that leads you to this once iconic Manor house just a short walk from Llandaff in Cardiff that is Insole Court. The house itself is not open and is being restored by the National Lottery but what is open is the beautiful grounds and walled gardens that belong to this stunning period property. 

We really didn't know what to expect the first time we walked down though the gates but it was like stepping into the secret garden with tumbling ivy covered walls, fountains, an array of wild flowers and a little stream running through with plenty of space for picnics in total peace and quiet. A real haven within the city centre. 



Insole Court

Walled Garden


To my understanding the main building once sympathetically renovated as it's a listed property will house a variety of different things including a community space and cafe and I cannot wait to see what is install for this fantastic place. It's a shame in one way that this secret gem will become more well known but equally is wonderful seeing something neglected come back to life.


Secret garden

Pretty flower

Cardiff


There are very few places within Cardiff and South Wales we have not explored but it's very exciting when we do stumble upon somewhere new. Insole Court has fast become one of our favourite places to visit for a little bit of a time out surrounded by nature and we are savouring it's wildness before the main building opens near the end of the year. You can volunteer or become a member of Insole Court trust, which is something we may look into in the future.


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19 comments:

  1. It looks amazing, I'd love to visit! x

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  2. Oh wow, the places you visit always seem so magical on your photos! This looks like a lovely trip out :)

    Lottie xx
    http://lottielamour.co.uk

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  3. I've never been to Cardiff before. I hope to visit it one day soon.

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  4. I love the name! I also, living amongst a complete jungle myself at the moment, am a huge fan of the wild garden.

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  5. It looks so gorgeous - what lovely photos! You come up with the best places for days out, Laura x

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  6. This looks beautiful! It has a magical feel, like you've just discovered somewhere secret and hidden!

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  7. Funny to hear Llandaff as I was just researching for a post all about Roald Dahl and that's his birthplace isn't it. What a stunning find, gorgeous pictures!

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  8. This place looks absolutely amazing! We are going to Wales at the end of August so I will make sure that we visit Insole Court. My little one loves nothing more than to have a wander around gardens and go exploring. The pictures it look really nice

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  9. I have never heard about this place and I lived in Cardiff for years! the wetlands and Tredegar House in Newport are fun to explore if you want to head somewhere a little different x

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  10. That does look like a hidden gem and not somewhere I've seen before on #CountryKids. I love the look of the walled garden and the wild nature of it is all the more appealing. It makes you feel like the first ones to discover it. The house itself looks full of character and grandeur. A great discovery.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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  11. Looks like a lovely place! Your photos are lovely. I especially love the photos of the architectural details! They look dramatic! #countrykids

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  12. Such beautiful grounds, a lovely place to explore #countrykids

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  13. I've always wondered about Insole Court and like you have passed it many times. Thanks for sharing this post. It's great to get a glimpse inside and now I may just have to visit x

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  14. wow laura - what a gorgeous little spot!

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  15. This looks beautiful - just my kinda place xx

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  16. Oh my, Laura! Your photos are gorgeous and that place is so beautiful for the little explorers. I will definitely add this my list. Thank you for sahring.
    #countrykids

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  17. Love your photos, what a magical place. I'm sorry you'll have to share it soon, but it is nice to see money being invested in places like this. Hopefully you'll be able to have more adventures once the house is open. #whatevertheweather

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  18. What a great place to explore! Your pictures are great #whatevertheweather

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  19. Oh it looks like an amazing place to explore! I can't believe that it's in a city too, it looks like a complete paradise! Thanks so much for sharing with #Whatevertheweather x

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