Dunraven Park (also known as Dunraven Castle)1182

Vale of Glamorgan, Wales

Brief Description

Dunraven Park has the remains of a deer park. There is also a walled garden on the site of a former one dating from the 16th century, with later alterations to the internal layout. Features within it include an Edwardian summerhouse and a well-preserved 19th-century tower containing a banqueting room and ice-house.

History

A walled paddock was built on the site of the walled garden in 1543.

Visitor Facilities

The park and gardens are open throughout the year. Entrance is free.

Detailed Description

The site is on the north side of the Trwyn y Witch headland, which was dominated by the Gothic mansion with its parkland, plantations and walled gardens. Watercolours from the 1770s show that the main garden elements were already established. These included the perimeter wall of the deer park and the walled garden.

The garden and parkland was developed through the 19th century, but the site is now rather bare. Traces of features still exist, including footings and collapsed structures. The house was demolished in 1962. A few steps and revetment walls survive.

Features
  • Mansion House (featured building)
  • Description: The house was a castellated Gothic mansion on the site of an earlier building. It was demolished in 1962.
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  • Park Wall
  • Description: Deer park. The park is enclosed by a rubble-built stone wall.
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  • Garden Wall
  • Description: Watercolours of the 1770s show that the earlier walled garden was irregular in shape with uncrenallated walls. There were two low walls or banks at the east end of the walled garden. These may have supported terraces. The walled garden was re-modelled in 1803, on the site of the earlier structure. The glasshouses which were once on the site are now gone. The crenallated walls are intact, and the internal space is divided into three areas.
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  • Garden Building
  • Description: Laundry.
  • Gatehouse
  • Description: Castellated Gothic gatehouse.
  • Icehouse
  • Description: The icehouse is in the east corner of the walled garden.
  • Earthwork
  • Description: Dunraven Castle hillfort.
  • Pool
  • Description: Stone circular pool.
  • Tower
  • Description: Round stone tower with a crenellated top. This is situated in the south-east corner of the garden. The tower has an icehouse on the lower floor and a viewing room and banqueting room on the upper floor. The structure was renovated in the 1980s.
  • Specimen Tree
  • Description: Mature mulberry.
  • Garden Terrace
  • Description: Grassed terraces are still extant.
  • Structure
  • Description: Garden paths, edged with stones.
  • Summerhouse
  • Description: The structure has a red-tiled pitched roof. It stands on a terrace beneath the south-west wall.
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Drive, Pavilion
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The park and gardens are open throughout the year. Entrance is free.
History

Detailed History

The site had been an Iron Age hillfort, the outer ramparts of which were partly destroyed by the building of a house. This was the home of the Vaughan and Butler families. Around 1803, a castellated mansion was built on the site for Thomas Wyndham MP. The Wyndham family had owned the site since the 17th century.

There were multiple phases of alterations of the grounds. In 1803, when the house was built, garden improvements were also undertaken. Further changes were made in the 1850s and 1880s. Additions included new drives, lodges at the drive entrances, new planting in the park and the construction of a crenellated stone wall around the park. Some new paths were laid out in the 1840s. It is thought that some paths on the estate follow lines of the Iron Age ramparts.

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