Lake restored as historic site of summerhouse artists

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A lake at an historic estate has been restored to former glory and will open to the public.

Taking inspiration from Monet's water lilies, two sisters Margaret and Gwendoline Davies would sit painting by the lake in their summerhouse when they owned Gregynog Hall in the 1920s.

When the sisters - who collected art together after being left £500,000 each from their father - moved to the property, they transformed a duck pond into a lake.

"Margaret and Gwendoline Davies used to paint in the little summerhouse at the lake and I think I have discovered why," commented Gregynog Hall's director Karen Armstrong.

"When you go there in the early evening, the light coming across the pond is absolutely stunning."

The estate has since been bequeathed to the University of Wales, being used as a conference centre and wedding venue for the past 50 years.

Homeowners can also take inspiration from their garden and use a feature such as a summerhouse to relax in and observe their surroundings.

Posted by David Webb
    - 06 December 2010
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