Hidden Gems: Community Hub with Gardens & Tearoom


This week’s hidden gem is a historical Victorian Gothic Mansion that’s been brought back to life. Today it’s a community hub that has beautiful gardens to explore, a tearoom, weekly events to partake in and more. There is plenty to explore at this beautiful, tranquil location that was once just a derelict mansion. It’s a picturesque little haven in the city! Discovered by club member Laura of Side Street Style blog, this gem is the perfect little oasis located in the UK…


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Our Hidden Gems series will uncover one-of-a-kind places discovered by our readers while traveling or exploring their own city. Whether it’s a beach, park, cafe, family-friendly hotel, hiking trail or other, enjoy these best kept secrets and be sure to add them to your list of places to go!

Insole Court 

Location: Insole Court, Fairwater Road, Llandaff, Cardiff CF5 2LN (Wales)

Discovered by: Laura, a mum to two kids, is always out looking for new places to discover in the city. That’s exactly what she was doing when she stumbled upon Insole Court! They had driven past many times but have never gone down the long drive that leads you to this Manor house, just a short walk from Llandaff in Cardiff, that is Insole Court.

Why We Love It: Insole Court has recently been brought back to life from being a derelict manor building to a community hub that has beautiful gardens to explore, a tea room and weekly events such as Yoga. Various community classes and activities are available at The Stable Yard. Many people, however, still don’t know about this little haven in the city!

Why It’s Kid-Friendly: The gardens onsite are a great place for kids to explore and connect with nature; they’re perfect for walking the dog along too, family picnics, or just admiring the flowers. Check out the kid-friendly classes they offer (think baby massage, kids cooking workshops and preschool ballet).

Tips & Important Details: It’s quite stroller friendly, and be sure to bring Wellies to play in the gardens! There is free parking onsite.

Cost: Entry is FREE!

Kids are always hungry! Know anywhere to eat nearby?: The Potting Shed tea rooms at Insole Court celebrate good, ethical and home-made food. Cafe hours are 8:30-5 Monday through Friday and 10-5 on weekends. Open 7 days a week, you can try a delicious light brunch or lunch with plenty of baked goods.

About Laura: She runs Side Street Style, a family travel and lifestyle blog. Check out her blog post that details her finds at Insole Court. She lives in South Wales and is a mum to two kids, ages 7 and 2. Her dream travel destination as a family is Canada!

We are continually adding to our list of Hidden Gems, so, if you have a favorite secret spot that we need to know about, please fill out our form and it will be written about for the Bébé Voyage community.

And be sure to let us know how your trip goes if you’re able to make it to this secret location! We love to see where our members go and hear about new and exciting places to travel with bébé. Use the hashtag #bebevoyage on any social media to share your trips or tips with us too. Happy travels!


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