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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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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We visited the tea rooms recently after being bought an afternoon tea voucher as a gift. There were no free tables and we waited for five minutes before any staff acknowledged... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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English first
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We visited the tea rooms recently after being bought an afternoon tea voucher as a gift. There were no free tables and we waited for five minutes before any staff acknowledged us. We were disappointed to find that no table had been reserved for us in spite of the fact that we had pre-booked. We eventually sat at a table... More 

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leicester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Afternoon tea for two people and entry to the gardens from amazon. Very accommodating. Friendly and helpful staff. The afternoon tea was really lovely. My mum is allergic to some foods so I'd said when booking about having plain sandwiches. The message did not get to the girl who made everything. But she was very helpful and made my mum... More 

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We arrived yesterday on a cold and damp winters day, went into the the tea rooms (which are housed in a long timber clad cabin style building) to be met by two members of staff. The gentleman took our names, checked the time of our Christmas present voucher, explained where everything is, shop, nursery, loos etc and also explained we... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

My wife and I were bought a voucher for afternoon tea in The Tea Rooms. The Tea Rooms are basically an old dilapidated shed, which was somewhat filled with smoke when we first arrived. If it were not for the pre paid voucher we would have turned around and left immediately. However we decided to persevere. We waited for 30... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

lovely part of the country a great place to escape when the sun is out its fantatsic can be cold and windy but well worth it

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

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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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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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 

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