A popular family attraction in Pembrokeshire is to close its doors after more than 40 years of business.

The owners of Hilton Court Gardens and Crafts in Roch say the workload is too much and it's time to focus on themselves.

One of the founders of the business, Cheryl Lynch, spoke to the Western Telegraph about hours of deliberation her and husband Peter had to go through in order to make the decision to shut down their business. 

"It has not been an easy decision," said Cheryl. "I am going to miss a lot of people, just chatting and seeing them two, three times a week, but I have got to think how long I am going to continue for."

Cheryl and Peter bought the property more than four decades ago, which included a 350-year-old unkept garden.

The couple discovered they had an old well which they renovated, and from there the site grew and grew.

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They turned the property into a garden centre and transformed the 42 acre site, building a new garden that involved planting more than 3500 trees and digging three ponds, one of which is 15 foot deep.

After much toil, a new 8 acre garden was established that people from Pembrokeshire and beyond have enjoyed for years.

"They find it very restful," said Cheryl. "Children find it very special because they are with nature. It is a healing place."

In a emotional tribute written on Facebook, daughter Rachel said that enough was enough and it was time for her parents to enjoy some down time.

"Forty-five years ago Peter and Cheryl took on Hilton Court," wrote Rachel, "a rundown, derelict courtyard and 34 acres of agricultural land.

"With a 3-year-old and 6-week-old in tow they started the transformation from wasteland to wonderland including converting the courtyard, landscaping the gardens and planting thousands and thousands of trees and shrubs.

"I have seen the blood, sweat, tears and pain that has gone into growing the business year by year and there comes a time when watching your parents you have to say enough is enough.

"They have had some awesome highs and lows, met some incredible people and made life long friends, but it’s now time to bow out gracefully."

The couple do not plan to shut the site completely with the venue still available for some events, particularly weddings.

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The gardens will close after half-term at the end of October, while the tea room will close at the end of the year.

Cheryl finished by saying she was grateful to everyone who had visited and that many of them were like family.

"I am going to desperately miss so many people that came here, really miss them."

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