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Barnsdale Gardens

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Address: The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
Phone Number: +44 1572 813200
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Description: Created by Geoff Hamilton over 13 years for BBC2's Gardeners' World...
Created by Geoff Hamilton over 13 years for BBC2's Gardeners' World television programme, Barnsdale is home to Britain's largest collection of individually designed gardens. Open throughout the year it provides not just a beautiful and enjoyable visit but also somewhere from which to discover a wealth of new ideas for your own garden from any one of the realistically sized 38 gardens waiting to be explored. Plant nursery and delicious tea room also on site.
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Winter afternoon

Have spent a very pleasant afternoon here. Very cold but made to feel very welcome. We had been given a voucher at Christmas for afternoon tea for two plus entrance to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

Have spent a very pleasant afternoon here. Very cold but made to feel very welcome. We had been given a voucher at Christmas for afternoon tea for two plus entrance to the gardens. On arrival we decided to have tea early and sat at the best seat in the house overlooking the garden and the many bird feeders - we... More 

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Hathern, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea today at the gardens and my husband particularly enjoyed watching the tits through the window. Mainly blue tits (but it was very cold). The sandwiches were very yummy, with both meat and vegetarian for our differing tastes. The warm scones and tiny cakes were delightful. We followed this by a stroll... More 

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Very disappointing trading on Geoff Hamiltons name which will draw in the punters but needed a complete tidy up weeds all over and expensive very disappointing

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Very interesting with 30 plus individual gardens to view. Still very interesting in Winter. Great tea room open all year.

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

I'm very pleased to see that you got maximum value for your winter visit, as well as making the most of our tea room. It does really sound to me like both are down for a return visit soon! More 

Bedfordshire
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8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

These gardens are the creation of Jeff Hamilton, there are many small gardens which are beautifully maintained, one garden leads to another, easy walking and very interesting

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

Very pleased you enjoyed the Gardens so much and got value at a time of year when most people will incorrectly think there is nothing to see in gardens. My father Geoff was very much of the opinion that gardens should be an all-year-round experience, with enough in them to satisfy your interest at any time. By the sounds of... More 

great yarmouth
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Not a ideal place to visit on a very cold December day, it looks as if it could be lovely in the Spring.

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

It's a real pity that you didn't feel your visit was worthwhile, but you were most certainly right about the spring. It is very unfortunate to miss out on the really different aspects to a garden during winter, as most gardens at any time of year shouldn't really be all about just the flowers. When you visited there were not... More 

Lancashire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Excellent Gardens with a very wide ranging variety of gardens,styles and plants made famous by the BBC Gardener's World programme. There is also an excellent Tea Room serving quality home made food. Would return again.

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit so much. As you noticed, the Gardens show such a wide range of different things when you look for them, which you most certainly did! I like every season, purely because they are so different, but with the Gardens bursting to life in the spring it changes on a daily basis. More 

Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We used a voucher for garden entry and afternoon tea .Staff in the tearoom and those working out in the gardens were very friendly. Although the colder weather had arrived with a vengeance we had a pleasant walk followed by a delicious tea. The locally sourced ingredients were of a high quality, with a good variety of sandwich fillings. The... More 

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

Pleased you enjoyed the Gardens as well as your afternoon tea. They look good, but different during the winter months, so a visit in spring to see everything bursting forth would be a good idea. More 

Notingham
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5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Very emotive to walk around gardens after watching the best presenter of Gardeners World ever over many years. The special "Afternoon Tea" was very poor value for money and also lacked quality. Return in the summer , possibly not.

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

I'm obviously very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the Gardens but very disappointed that you felt the Afternoon Tea was not good value for money. It is a great surprise to me, not just because we use only the best local and fresh ingredients but also because of the comments we get from other visitors. It is always very... More 

Stanford-Le-Hope, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Emotional for me , seeing the gardens I'd watched Geoff work in on Gardeners world. Fabulous gardens in Autumn,so much to see , well cared for, friendly informative staff especially in the garden center. A real tribute to the lovely Geoff Hamilton.

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

Can't really think of anything else to say but - thanks! More 

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