The Hafod Estate

The National Trust now cares for 200 hectares at Hafod, including its extensive grounds, restored historic garden and walking trails. The staff formerly working for the Hafod Trust have also transferred to the National Trust, and we look forward to working together to continue caring for this special place.

This website gives an overview about visiting Hafod and it will remain live for a limited time.


Hafod 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 Natural Resources Wales 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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Mansion fields and Coed Hafod
  River Ystwyth at Hafod
  River Ystwyth at Hafod

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.

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Hawthorn Cottage


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