MAESFRON Hall at Trewern will be opening its doors on Sunday, April 8, to raise money for charity.

It’s the first National Garden Scheme (NGS) opening of the year and money raised will go towards the NGS, Macmillan, Marie Curie and Hospice UK

The present house was built circa 1820 for Francis Allen a local solicitor who had undoubtedly done a “Grand Tour” of Europe.

This influenced the style of the buildings, and many features of the estate can be described as Georgian with Italian influence. Dr Derek Owen and his wife Monica, bought a rather sorry looking Maesfron in 1993.

Since then they have carried out considerable restoration work on both the house and garden and this year is the eleventh time they have been part of the scheme.

The Georgian house is set in four acres of South facing gardens on lower slopes of Moel-y-Golfa and has views of The Long Mountain.

It includes terraces, a walled kitchen garden, a tropical garden, Victorian conservatories, shell grotto and tower with hanging gardens down the rock face below.

There is wheelchair access. dogs on short leads welcome. Cream teas and speciality sandwiches are served in the dining room or on the terrace.

It is open from 2pm to 5pm entry costs £5, children free.