Fresh after its renovation due to vandalism and a fire in 2010, the Swiss Cottage, Singleton Park, Swansea, stands on the north side of the main north-south walk, to the south-east of the kitchen/botanic garden. Behind it, to the north and west, is a wooded slope of beech trees up to the south boundary of the kitchen/botanic garden. The Swiss Cottage is a Swiss-style painted wooden chalet, designed by Peter Frederick Robinson (its design appears in his Designs for ornamental villas, 1827). A plaque on the south front indicates itsdate of completion: ‘1826 Liberte et Patrie’ (freedom and fatherland). The chalet has widely overhanging eaves and balconies along the east and west sides. The front gable end, facing south, and the balconies are highly decorated and over a window on the east side is an inscription in German: ‘Lebe so dass du wieder leben magst’(Live that you may live again). In front, a small garden is surrounded by a white painted iron picket fence. To the north, just behind the ridge of trees are the main botanic and ornamental gardens.
Wales (Cymru in the Welsh language) is part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The major cities are Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Bangor. The city of St. Davids is the smallest city in the UK with a population around 2000. Wales itself has a population of around 3 million. The Welsh language is spoken by around 20% of the population.