High Glanau

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High Glanau
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High Glanau is located in Monmouthshire
High Glanau
General information
Town or city Cwmcarvan, Monmouthshire
Country Wales
Coordinates 51°45′47″N 2°43′43″W / 51.762989°N 2.728568°W / 51.762989; -2.728568
Construction started 1922 (1922)
Design and construction
Architect Eric Francis
Designations Grade II* listed

High Glanau (also known as High Glanau Manor) is a country house and Grade II* listed building within the community of Cwmcarvan, Monmouthshire, Wales. It is located about 5 miles (8.0 km) south-west of Monmouth, and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of Trellech, adjoining the B4293 road and with a spectacular view westwards over the Vale of Usk. It is particularly noted for its gardens.

The building and gardens[edit]

The house was built in the Arts and Crafts style in 1922–23 by the architect Eric Francis, of Chepstow, for Henry Avray Tipping. Avray Tipping was a renowned architectural writer, the editor of Country Life magazine, and a garden designer among whose friends were Gertrude Jekyll and Harold Peto. Tipping lived at Mounton House near Chepstow, but sought a new home for his retirement.[1]

The front of the house is of two storeys, with three slate-hung gables between two chimneystacks. On the upper entrance side there is a broad slate roof with a pair of gabled turrets. The house is set above formal gardens, with stone-walled terraces and an octagonal pond.[1] The gardens were created by Tipping between 1922 and 1929.[2] Several cottages around the estate were built by Francis for Tipping at about the same time.[1] Avray Tipping moved to London in 1930, and died in 1933.[3]

The house was given Grade II* listed building status on 22 February 1989.[4] It is privately owned. The gardens are open to the public on several days each year. They are described by the National Gardens Scheme as having a "pergola, herbaceous borders, Edwardian glasshouse, rhododendrons, azaleas, tulips, orchard with wild flowers and woodland walks".[5]


  1. ^ a b c Newman, John (2000). The Buildings of Wales: Gwent/Monmouthshire. Penguin Books. p. 208. ISBN 0-14-071053-1. 
  2. ^ Parks and Gardens UK, High Glanau. Accessed 23 April 2012
  3. ^ Helena Attlee, The Gardens Of Wales, Frances Lincoln Ltd, 2009 ISBN 0711228825
  4. ^ British Listed Buildings, High Glanau. Accessed 23 April 2012
  5. ^ National Gardens Scheme, High Glanau. Accessed 23 April 2012

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