I was reluctant to write a conclusion, because of its banality, and because I’m embarrassed that I didn’t read the landscape more clearly at first.
The combination of order and confusion, of care and neglect, gives a special feeling to the estate. The agricultural buildings are all dilapidated, but the main house and cottages are kept up. The woodland is thick with both saplings and dying trees and fallen branches, but the paths and verges are neat, and the grass in the almost empty walled garden is mown. Mowing and strimming stand in for all other kinds of maintenance and management. The wilderness of the woods has clean edges. There are no vegetables in the walled garden but no nettles and thistles either and mown grass lends a sense of orderliness.
I googled Peniarth-uchaf to try to find out about the history of the estate and found the web sites of book cottages, cottage choice, cottage reservations, cottages4you, welsh country cottages, visit midwales, travelpod, drivingwithdogs, accommodation britain, apartments.oodle, uk holiday shop, world stay.com, wales.olx.co.uk, self catering.travel, trip advisor, wales directory. So that peculiar combination of neatness and decay is the world of the holiday rental. And the friendly notice on the door of the walled garden, allowing us entry if we bolt the door behind us afterwards, is addressed, not to the curious traveller, but to the tenants.