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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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Clive at Barnsdale Gardens

A cold March day is not the best time to visit but there was enough to see to justify the admission price. Good parking, toilet facilities and shop. The restaurant was cosy and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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willand
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

A cold March day is not the best time to visit but there was enough to see to justify the admission price. Good parking, toilet facilities and shop. The restaurant was cosy and served delicious coffees and the biggest, tastiest bacon roll I have seen in a long time. The garden plan ensures that you don't miss anything and the... More 

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Leyburn
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Unlike many grand gardens, this is full of many small areas that are excellent for giving ideas to most of us with limited space. Only letdown is poor quality and overpriced food in tearoom.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I had been wanting to visit this garden for many years as I really loved watching Geoff Hamilton on gardener world. My sister bought me a groupon for Christmas for entry and afternoon tea. So on Sunday I went along with my husband and son. On arrival at the gardens in was very neat and tidy as I expected. On... More 

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Derbyshire
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Very good value with an Amazon voucher. Gardens a bit 'sad' and very cold and wet at this time of year but tearoom was warm and cosy. Had requested veggie sandwiches when booking but had to remind them in the tearoom. The girl had already started preparing the usual ones but apologised and happily made a fresh lot. Sandwiches were... More 

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

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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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

I believe my Tea Room manager telephoned you the morning after you phoned us on our main office number - unfortunately the lady who took the call did not realise the Tea Room Manager was not at work on that day. All I can do is to refer you to the post of 15th and 16th Feb who also visited... More 

leicester
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you. I really can't add anything to all of the things you have pointed out as this review really does show us as we are. The only thing I will point out is that my younger brother Chris has been pulling my leg badly since you posted this review. I'm Nick and I'm the gardener, whereas Chris could never... More 

Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you. I really can't add anything to all of the things you have pointed out as this review really does show us as we are. The only thing I will point out is that my younger brother Chris has been pulling my leg badly since you posted this review. I'm Nick and I'm the gardener, whereas Chris could never... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

I'm glad you enjoyed the Gardens, but obviously disappointed that you did not enjoy your afternoon tea so much. I am very surprised that you had to wait so long as I have not noticed this to be the case on any other day. As you would no doubt expect, we use the same range of fillings in our afternoon... More 

London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

With the amount of council tax we pay the sun needs to be shining every day in Rutland! Very pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. You must return on a less windy and warmer day! More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

People after my own heart. It is fantastic to hear visitors extolling the virtues of shapes and structures throughout the winter, as well as the colours and fragrances of the flowers, stem colours, etc. Not only that, in the Tea Room you found the best seat in the house! More 

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