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Developed on a Victorian farm site, once the ‘Model Farm’ for Powis Castle


Coed-y-Dinas Garden, Home & Country Centre

Coed-y-Dinas is part of the Charlies Stores Group, a company established for over 22 years in Mid Wales. The company, headed by Chris Lloyd, purchased the land and farm buildings at Coed-y-Dinas near Welshpool six years ago. The company’s drive and vision has led an ambitious project to convert some of the finest Welsh Victorian agricultural buildings into a destination garden centre.

This unique site was fully opened in March 2006. Originally the ‘Home Farm’ for Powis Castle it is set in the Severn Valley just south of Welshpool with wonderful views on either side. Developed on the old farm site great care has been taken to keep the majority of original buildings and they have been sensitively restored with many of the unusual features retained. Documentary evidence tells us there was a house on the land as early as 1720 with the first farm building built circa 1814. There are also beautiful examples of Victorian architecture.
Wow, Amazing, Wonderful, Fantastic, Unique, Friendly, Helpful – just a few of the comments from visitors during the past twelve months. At Coed-y-Dinas we pride themselves on welcoming people from all over the country and indeed many from oversees.

In the Country Store, which opened in July 2005, we stock an extensive range of garden machinery, hand & power tools, electrical items, animal feeds and much more. The large Equestrian department is also housed in this building – everything for horse and rider.

The garden centre carries everything you would expect from a quality outlet and much more. When you enter the garden centre there is a wonderful array of gifts and unusual items, together with a quality house-wares department and candle room. Why not then visit Howards restaurant for breakfast (served until 11am seven days a week) or a delicious coffee and home-made scone. From noon you can enjoy a full three-course meal, cooked in our kitchen with regular favourites and specials fresh every day.  Our indoor play area is situated just off the restaurant and very popular with the youngsters. Why not book a children’s birthday party which includes a session in Charlie Chuckles?

When you are fed and watered continue your journey through our seasonal area - garden and conservatory furniture, BBQs, patio heaters, camping, garden chemicals and accessories, indoor plants, soft furnishings and occasional furniture. In this area you will also find a host of other items to make your garden or home complete. Don’t forget the water features outside the seasonal area.

We’re not done yet! lots more to see – visit the craft department, so much to keep those hands busy, whether it be painting, stitching, etching, knitting, colouring, jigsaws and much more. Adjoined to this area is our book department, there is something here for all the family.

In our large Pets & Aquatic department you will find marine and tropical fish, reptiles, chipmunks, rabbits, rats, mice, guinea pigs, hamsters and birds. There is very knowledgeable staff on hand should need any guidance or advise. Through the summer months we hold regular flying with Birds of Prey, a very popular attraction.
Our immaculately presented outdoor plant area is managed and run by a very strong team who have a wealth of knowledge to advise you on what suits your particular soil. Within this area you will also find an array of pots from around the world, something to suit all pockets.

Last, but certainly not least is our Licensed Food Hall, everything you would expect from a quality establishment and much more. There are too many products to mention, suffice to say there is large chilled food area, frozen fruits and pastries, high quality frozen meals, a selection of beers, wines and spirits. Added to this we have a large range of bread, cakes and biscuits, foods from around the world, spices, bread flours, gluten and sugar free products. There is also an organic section with fresh fruit and vegetables.

We do hope you will come along and visit us, you will be assured of a warm welcome