Margam Park - Enchanting Havens
Margam Country Park is a country park estate in Wales, of around 850 acres. It was once owned by the Mansel Talbot family and is now owned and administered by the local council, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. Situated within the park are three notable buildings: Margam Abbey, a Cistercian monastery; Margam Castle, a neo-Gothic country house that was once the seat of the Mansel Talbot family; and the 18th-century Orangery.
Margam is the perfect autumn day out, abbey ruins among ancient trees, the neo-Gothic turrets of the house floating on the lake, reflecting the orange and red of the mountains. The interior was mostly destroyed by a fire in 1997 and, for some bizarre reason, hasn't been refurbished. The grounds on the other hand glow in autumn and walking between the ruins of the Chapter House is like being in a fairytale.