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Granary main pond

Granary self-catering accommodation main pond, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, W Wales

Though close to civilisation (the Victoria Inn, Roch is only half a mile away) Roch Mill and Granary holiday cottage are quite secluded. Visitors are invited to enjoy our 4 acres of natural moor , and 2 acres of informal gardens. Our large pond attracts ducks, geese, herons and moorhens. Last year we had several visits from an otter and we even had a Water Rail foraging in the waterfall garden.

Mini water wheel in pond outflow

Mini water wheel at Roch Mill, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, W Wales

Another resident is a Kingfisher. He's rather secretive and not noticed very often but the patient observer will sometimes catch an iridescent blue flash as he flits from pond to river and back again.

Since we first came to Roch Mill in 1999 we have restored, restructured, extended and developed the gardens. It's an on-going process, partly because our main focus to date has been work on the house and its associated buildings, but largely because we've not previously undertaken gardening on this scale and we've got a lot to learn!

Gardens outside the Granary

Gardens outside the Granary self-catering accommodation, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, W Wales

We are sure that you will find the peace and tranquillity at Roch Mill a refreshing break from the demanding pressures of our modern world.

Video of the gardens at Roch Mill



Liquid Amber tree by foot bridge

Liquid Amber tree in Granary self-catering accommodation gardens, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, West Wales


Acer Palmatum Atropurpureum by tailrace

Acer Palmatum Atropurpureum in Granary self-catering accommodation gardens, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, SW Wales


Foot bridge over tailrace

Foot bridge over tailrace in Granary self-catering accommodation gardens, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, SW Wales


Stepping stones over tailrace

Stepping stones in Granary self-catering accommodation gardens, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, SW Wales


Main pond with Cornus Contoversa Variegata in foreground (The Wedding Cake tree)

Main pond at Roch Mill, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales

Not yet looking very pretty is our newly created flower bed that we call the Millrace garden.

New Millrace garden at Roch Mill, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales

Last year ago this was a just a pile of building material covered with brambles (see photo right). With some help from Kubota, a few tons of top soil and two trailer loads of willow chippings we now have a new bed to fill.

New Millrace garden at Roch Mill, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales These pictures show our planting so far: a mixture of shrubs (azalias, hydrangers, hebes and euonymus), several ferns, a caster oil tree, some roses, a few blueberry bushes and a couple of dwarf conifers.


Natural moor at Roch Mill

Natural moor at Roch Mill, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales

About four acres of our land have been left largely untended since we bought the property in 1999. Whilst the damp areas have been invaded by common rush and flag iris there are many other native flowers and grasses. A recent wildflower survey by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park identified over 40 different species. Natural moor at Roch Mill, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales To provide easy access to the moor we mow a boundary path that follows the Brandybrook river, Ladywell spring and the mill race. This 400m loop provides a tranquil rural walk; or a jogging track for keep-fit enthusiasts. For a longer trail there are two public footpaths along the beautiful Brandybrook valley starting right outside our front gate.
Natural moor at Granary self-catering accommodation holiday let, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales


Spring time at Roch Mill

Daffodils in Granary self-catering accommodation gardens, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales

Lower pond

Lower pond at Roch Mill, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales

Skunk cabbage in bog garden

Skunk cabbage in bog garden at Roch Mill, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales

Tail race and bridge

Tail race and bridge in Granary self-catering accommodation gardens, Roch Mill, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales

Brandybrook River and bridge

River and bridge at Roch Mill, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales

Fuchsia

Fuchsia outside the Granary self-catering accommodation self catering holiday cottage, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales

Liquid Amber in autumn

Liquid amber in Granary self-catering accommodation gardens, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales

Purple loostrife with Damselflies

Purple loostrife in bog garden at the Granary self-catering accommodation self catering holiday cottage, Roch Mill,  near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales

Early days in the Millrace garden

Early days in the Millrace garden at the Granary self-catering accommodation self catering holiday cottage, Roch Mill, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales

Millrace garden at the Granary self-catering accommodation self catering holiday cottage, Roch Mill,  near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales

Millrace garden at the Granary self-catering accommodation self catering holiday cottage, Roch Mill, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales

Natural moor at Roch Mill

Natural moor at the Granary self-catering accommodation self catering holiday cottage, Roch Mill,, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales

Woodland glade

Woodland glade at the Granary self-catering accommodation self catering holiday cottage, Roch Mill, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales

Bursting buds on a Foxglove

Foxglove at the Granary self-catering accommodation self catering holiday cottage, Roch Mill, near St Davids, Solva and Newgale, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South West Wales

Granary gardens at Roch Mill