High Glanau Manor


High Glanau Manor 


High Glanau Manor


High Glanau Manor


Lectures on the life & work of H. Avary Tipping (1855-1933) homemade two course lunch with wine or cream teas all available in the comfortable manor house, to complement your garden tour.

What to See

High Glanau Manor is set in twelve acres of Listed Arts and Crafts garden laid out by H Avray Tipping in 1922. Many original features including impressive stone terraces with far reaching views over the Vale of Usk to Blorenge, Skirrid, Sugar Loaf and Brecon Beacons. Pergola, herbaceous borders, Edwardian glasshouse, rhododendrons, azaleas, tulips, orchard with wild flowers remain including formal terraces, steps leading down to an octagonal lily pool and the glass house and pergola. Beyond the terraces and pool, with their spectacular views towards the Brecon Beacons, Tipping created winding paths leading through the woodland gardens and planted many shade-loving plants and rhododendrons.

Quaker Interest: H Avray Tipping was born in the Château de Ville-d’Avray near Versailles, while his parents were living in France before moving into Brasted Place in Kent, where he grew up. He belonged to a Quaker Christian family of businessmen, who had prospered in the corn trade in Liverpool. His father, William Tipping (1816–1897), was a railway company owner and amateur archaeologist and artist, who served as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Stockport between 1868–74 and 1885–86. His mother Maria (née Walker, 1822–1911) was the daughter of a flax mill owner from Leeds. Educated in France and Middlesex before reading modern history at Christ Church, Oxford, where he was a member of the Oxford University Dramatic Society. He worked briefly as a university lecturer before joining the staff of the Dictionary of National Biography, where he concentrated on genealogical research. He also wrote musical comedies, performed locally in Kent, and became an expert on wood carving, particularly the work of Grinling Gibbons.

He was Architectural Editor of Country Life magazine and in 1907 he was appointed as the magazine’s Architectural Editor, recognised as one of the leading authorities on the history, architecture, furnishings and gardens of country houses in Britain. In 1910 Sir Lawrence Weaver became Architectural Editor, allowing Tipping time to write his books. However, in 1916 during the First World War, Weaver was appointed as a civil servant, with Tipping taking back the role of Architectural Editor, which he held until his retirement in 1930. Thereafter he continued as an architectural writer for the magazine until his death.

He also worked as a garden designer in the Arts and Crafts style; he was a friend of Gertrude Jekyll, Harold Peto and Edwin Lutyens. His gardens were characterised by divided compartments with sculpted yew hedging, topiary birds and animals, long grass bowling greens, lush planting and wild areas. His garden design works include the walled garden designed for Arthur Lee, its then owner, at Chequers, and several in his adopted county of Monmouthshire.

What we Offer

The gardens are currently being restored to their former glory, retaining many original featured including formal terraces, octagonal pool, glasshouse and pergola. 

The 100ft long double herbaceous boarders have been recently reinstated. The house and terraces have spectacular views over the woodland gardens towards the Brecon Beacons.

Lectures on the life & work of H. Avary Tipping (18533-1933, homemade two course lunch with wine or cream teas all available in the comfortable manor house, to complement your garden tour.

Quiet Space

Various seats in the walled garden and grounds offer places for reflection and contemplation.

Open Season 2019

We open the garden to private groups/garden tours/garden societies from all over the world throughout May, June and July, and are only open to the Public for the National Garden Scheme (which Tipping helped to create) in May and for the Rare Plants Fair in June each year.


Helena Gerrish

01600 860 005 / 07966 809 204

High Glanau Manor,

Lydart, Monmouth,


NP25 4AD

[email protected]