High Glanau

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High Glanau
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Location: 51°45’47"N, 2°43’43"W
Village: Cwmcarvan
Built 1922-23
For: Henry Avray Tipping
by Eric Francis

High Glanau (also known as High Glanau Manor) is a country house and Grade II* listed building win the parish of Cwmcarvan, Monmouthshire. It is located about five miles south-west of Monmouth, and a mile and a half 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

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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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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