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.
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.
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.