The Hafod Estate
Uchtryd, 12 miles south-east of Aberystwyth, is recognised as one of
the finest examples in Europe of a Picturesque landscape.
Its most celebrated
owner, Thomas Johnes (1748-1816), built a new house in this remote location
and laid out its grounds in a manner suited to displaying its natural
beauties in sympathy with the 'Picturesque principles' fashionable at
the time, with circuit walks allowing the visitor to enjoy a succession
of views and experiences. Johnes also used the land for farming, forestry,
and gardening, in each case trying out new ideas and experimental methods.
Hafod became an essential destination for the early tourist in Wales.
Today the Hafod estate occupies some 200 hectares of the Ystwyth valley
and surrounding hills. Most is owned by the Forestry Commission who, in
partnership with the Hafod Trust, is managing a conservation and restoration
project with public and private funding.
Joint Winner, 2007, of the Georgian Group Architectural Award for the Restoration of a Georgian Garden or Landscape
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Stay at Historic Hafod
We are now able to offer holiday accommodation at the heart of Hafod's renowned picturesque landscape.
This delightful and historic cottage, sleeping 4-6 people, is a perfect retreat from modern life, accessible only by quiet forest tracks.
A Listed building, retaining many original features, it occupies a sheltered, south-facing hollow beside a pond, just 500m from the site of the former mansion.