Exploring the Hafod Estate – a Picturesque inspiration

The garden at The Hafod Estate

In this video adventure I visit the Hafod Estate in the Cambrian Mountains.

It was created in the late 18th century by a young aristocrat called Thomas Johns and was modelled on the philosophy and writings of an artist, called William Gilpin.

He came up with the idea of the Picturesque Movement – of creating landscapes modelled on appreciating the world through its natural beauty.

Some academics even suggest that this estate Hafod could have been the inspiration for Samuel Coleridge’s famous Xanadu.

We know that Coleridge walked through here as a young student and maybe what he saw really inspired him.

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