In sweeping landscape fashioned by Capability Brown, the estate of Dinefwr in Carmarthenshire is a huge place to explore. A romantic ruined castle stands on a hill across grassland where red deer graze, a mill pond buzzes with dragonflies and pathways wind their way around for nature explorers and ramblers.
The grand building on the estate is Newton House, built in the 17th century but heavily changed in the Victorian era and refaced to an amazingly Gothic style. The house is full of learning opportunities from World War II (once a wartime hospital) and Medieval life to poetry exhibitions and the natural world. A hands on experience, from room to room and one to entertain both children and adults.
We poked around its nooks and crannies learning about the benefits of veteran trees providing habitats for many creatures and the Lord Rhys who had the castle of Dinefwr built. The exhibitions show the history of the estate and inspire you to look further around the grounds.
Look out for the resident ghost too since the tv programme Most Haunted investigated here and it one of the National Trusts Top 10 haunted site.