The Woodland Gardens
One of the surprising and magical aspects of Coes Faen Lodge is the beautiful woodland gardens that lie behind the house, laid out improbably romantically among the steep rocky slopes. They were originally built by the Lowe Brothers, who built the Clock House opposite, and were designed to encourage couples to stroll arm-in-arm around the parasol walks taking in the views both near and distant. They must have a had a sharp eye for vantage points to showcase the incredible vies of the Mawddach and Cadair Idris, as well as the artful topography of the rugged land.
The walks and garden features have all been restored by the present owners and guests are invited to retrace the steps of the Victorian founders and marvel at the eye for viewpoints -- often accompanied by a convenient and convivial stone bench the better to absorb the vistas and drink in the woodland ambience. Occasionally, the walks may be closed to guests when we assess the risk due to high winds, slippery conditions or forestry operations as being too high.