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Barnsdale Gardens

The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
(01572) 813 200
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Ranked #4 of 15 Attractions in Oakham
Type: Gardens
Owner description: Created by Geoff Hamilton over 13 years for BBC2's Gardeners' World television programme, Barnsdale is home to Britain's largest collection of... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
14 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We had always wanted to visit the late Geoff Hamiltons Barnsdale gardens, but never seemed to find the time..., however we are really glad we made the effort and finally got to visit. The cafe is very good serving lots of homemade cake and sandwiches and other food selections. The gardens themselves are delightful .. A collection of smaller gardens... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The homemade burgers in the café are highly recommended. It was mid October when we visited so the gardens were not at there best

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

I'm pleased that you obviously enjoyed your visit, but a bit saddened that you perhaps didn't understand the full value of autumn in the garden. It is normally a spectacular time of year, but this year has been better than normal with some really stunning autumn colours all over the Gardens. A garden should have enough interest during every season... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Foolishly paid £24.99 in the shop for the BBC DVD entitled “The Geoff Hamilton Collection" then discovered on returning home that it could be purchased online for £8. Won't be returning.

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

This is a very unreasonable post. Particularly when considering that we have had correspondence, in the form of a number of emails passing between the two of us, where it was fully explained to you why the DVD is priced as such in the shop - a precis of this email below. I am obviously very concerned that the purchase... More

Norfolk UK
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Allow plenty of time for a wander round the gardens. Tea & cakes or lunch available at a very reasonable price. Friendly helpful staff everywhere we went. Lots of lovely things in the gift shop for Christmas presents, especially those hard to buy for that have everything.

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

It sounds like you really did make the most of every little bit of Barnsdale. It really isn't difficult for us all to be helpful and happy when we work in such a lovely environment, especially when you also consider that we talk to really great people every day! More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Excellent gardens for inspiration of plants and designs. Good knowledge of all the gardens from any staff who were questioned. Very friendly and helpful cafe and shop.

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

It's great to hear you enjoyed your very first visit and your review sounded that enthusiastic that it sounds like there are going to be return visits on the horizon! More

Oakham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Whether you can remember Geoff Hamilton on Gardeners World or not this is a great place to visit and is excellent value for money. We have visited a number of occasions at various times of the year and always find an idea or two to try out in our own garden.

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

It's nice to hear that you have mad the very most of the Gardens by seeing them in their different stages throughout the year. It's a pity, however, that you missed out on a really rare and totally different way to view the Gardens on Monday of this week - by canoe! Fortunately the rain has now subsided and we... More

Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

What a treat this was, one of the best gardens we've visited - and we've seen a few! We decided to break our journey south and boy, were we glad we did. We arrived just after the gardens opened so of course had to have breakfast and a strong cup of coffee, both of which were excellent (as was the... More

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

What a lovely review - actually says everything there is to about Barnsdale. The really great thing is, is that it is the best place in the world to be! Although each season is markedly different, you really need to see it every month to make the most of it, so there is no other option but to do as... More

ashby de la zouch
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7 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Spent a couple of hours walking around the gardens and finished up in the restaurant, the salads and cakes were exceptional we thoroughly enjoyed our visit mixed with some bird watching at Rutland Water where we saw the Osprey's, great day out

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

Lovely to hear of your very enjoyable visit. Being organic we have a real variety of birds in the Gardens, as you will have spotted, but being able to top up with the Rutland Water bird population is a real added bonus! More

St. Neots, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
30 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

On a wet and windy day we visited Barnsdale. I have been wanting to go for years. Before we braved the gardens we had drinks and cakes in the small restaurant. I had hot chocolate with extra added calories in the shape of whipped cream and marshmallows. Absolutely delicious. We paid to go into the gardens (£7 Adults and £6... More

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit and managed to totally embrace the ethos of the Gardens. Our nursery supervisor Ben has been propagating like mad to get lots of new and lovely plants on the go for sale next year. We'll try and arrange better weather for you next time! More

Clare, sUffolk,England
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24 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

It is a series of 38 individual gardens created by a veteran of Gardener'sWorld. There is something for all garden lovers.

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

I'm pleased you enjoyed your visit with the Gardens very much in their Autumn wear. Why not try them dressed differently with the vibrant colours of spring, abundant colours of summer or the more subtle colours of winter? More

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