Dyffryn House and Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan has been formally handed over to the National Trust today. The charity will manage it on a 50-year lease, and wants to see it developed further as a tourist attraction.
Getting the keys to one of Wales' grandest mansions
The National Trust has taken over the running of one of the most important historic properties in Wales. They're now in charge of upstairs, downstairs and outside!
Dyffryn House and Gardens on the outskirts of Cardiff was one of the last country mansions to be built in Wales. Its grounds are already a celebrated visitor attraction - and now the house is to re-open later in the year as well. Rob Osborne has been to see what's on offer.
Geraldine Donovan is the Property Manager for the National Trust at Dyffryn House and Gardens. She says that the National Trust has great ambitions for the site, which has been a bit of a 'hidden gem', and can even overtake places like Bodnant Garden in Conwy for popularity.
National Trust takes over management of Dyffryn House and Gardens
Dyffryn House and Gardens reopen to the public today under the management of the National Trust.
Vale of Glamorgan Council will continue to own the property, while granting the Trust a 50-year lease.
"Growing and shaping a glorious garden is a long-term project" said Justin Albert, Director of the National Trust in Wales.
"The passion that has gone into creating Dyffryn Gardens over the years - from volunteers, staff and supporters - cannot be taken for granted. And we want everyone to join with us in harnessing that passion for a new stage of Dyffryn's journey."