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Barnsdale Gardens

The Avenue | Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH, England
(01572) 813 200
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Ranked #4 of 16 Attractions in Oakham
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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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.

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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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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
5 helpful votes 5 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

Leicestershire
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Quite expensive to go round these gardens and of course I realise it is late Autumn but gardens untidy and not as good as I remember them - think should reduce prices in the Autumn /Winter.

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

Very sorry to hear that you felt the Gardens were untidy. During autumn we all have the daily task of leaf collecting and cutting back perennials as they die back into dormancy. However, if we have had a good leaf fall in the night we do tend to leave some of these leaves in places as there is nothing quite... More

Derby, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We love coming to Barnsdale - this is such a lovely garden!! It was looking a bit tired but what garden doesn't at this time of year when everything is being pruned back and the maintenance work is going on. Nevertheless this is a fabulous place to visit and we come back every year. The leaf colour and berries on... More

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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

It is lovely to know how much you enjoy the Gardens and how much you obviously look forward to coming back. I would ensure that you have practiced self-control before your spring visit, as it is such an inspirational time of year it is extraordinarily difficult not to get completely carried away! I'm sure most visitors are not quite as... More

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
15 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

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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Nick6490, Owner at Barnsdale Gardens, responded to this review

It is a problem I know. Visitors come to enjoy and go away filled to the brim with excitement but unexpectedly also filled to the brim with ideas, which then opens a can of worms when you get home! We are all very pleased you really enjoyed your visit and even more pleased to find out what an influence my... More

London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

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

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