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“Stunning gardens, fab welcome and a DIY tearoom!” 5 of 5 stars
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Attadale Gardens
Wester Ross, Strathcarron IV54 8YX, Scotland
+44 1520 722603
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Owner description: Attadale Gardens is a unique 20 acre garden on the south side of Loch Carron initially established by the Victorians with rhododendrons planted over the hillside. Over the past 40 years, Nicky Macpherson has transformed these gardens with the creation of water gardens with Monet bridges and waterfalls, planted with a painter's eye, a Japanese garden, a huge fern collection housed in a geodesic dome, a sunken fern garden as well as the traditional kitchen garden. The oldest part of the garden is the sunken garden with the giant sundial nearby. There is also a fascinating collection of sculpture scattered through the garden. There is a huge tree collection as well. A DIY tearoom serves homemade snacks, cakes and biscuits as well as tea, coffee & hot chocolate. There are photographs on display & reference books about gardening, which provides additional information for visitors. You can buy plants as well.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Stunning gardens, fab welcome and a DIY tearoom!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013 via mobile

An absolutely unmissable place for garden lovers. There are so many beautiful flowers and wonderful gardens to explore - Japanese, water, fern and sunken with sculptures nestling throughout. The DIY tearoom is well stocked with a selection of teas, coffees and soft drinks to choose from as well as fairtrade biscuits paid for by using an honesty plate. The toilets are immaculate as well. The gardens are dog friendly, including a delightful dog in the gardens that likes to play fetch, with compostable pooh bags available for free with a composting bin to put them in. A real gem.

Visited May 2013
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JMM61055, Manager at Attadale Gardens, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
Many thanks for your kind enthusiasm, which is much appreciated. It will encourage everyone who works here.
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“Dog friendly, wonderful gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Wow.... What a find. A beautiful garden with friendly gardeners. A super DIY tea rooms. Wonderful views. ...... But, most importantly to us, totally dog friendly.

Visited May 2013
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JMM61055, Manager at Attadale Gardens, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
We are all delighted that you appreciated it so much so thank you from the team!
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Saint-Antonin Noble Val, France
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“Unmissable for garden lovers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Attadale is the hidden jewel in the crown of the West Highlands. Created by the owner of this small but charming Scottish country house (small by Scottish castle standards), it seems to grow and change every time I've visited. Wonderful yet harmonious mix of different styles, it has a rhododendron grove, a fern house, a Japanese garden, a lovely "bog" garden where you walk along a hillside with water rills burbling all around you etc etc. Make sure you do the circular walk through the wood which means you can look back at the house across the lawn. Well maintained and clearly labelled. I have been back many times since the garden was started and there's always something new to enjoy.

Visited April 2013
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“Beautiful gardens set in stunning Highland scenery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We recently stayed in a self catering cottage on the Attadale estate near Strathcarron and had free access to the gardens of Attadale House. We spent two lovely afternoons wandering through the Japanese garden, relaxing in the fernery and enjoying the woodland walk and the beautiful sculptures. Would highly recommend to anyone staying in this beautiful part of Scotland - the gardens are wonderful and it was lovely to sit in the tea room afterwards and browse through the books and photographs. The self catering facilities on the estate are excellent and the location of the cottages is fabulous for anyone with an interest in hillwalking, cycling, wildlife or just relaxing in the Scottish highlands. Can't wait to return...

Visited May 2013
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“A secret gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

We visited Attadale Gardens recently whilst staying in one of the estate rentals and were mesmerised by them. From the entrance onwards there are many surprises; we came across tiny wooden bridges, secret walkways and fine statues. Our young grandson, rather than being bored, found something to interest him at every turn, not least the chameleon that peered inquisitively down on him from his aerial branch.
The geodesic dome housing the ferns was a peaceful spot to rest and contemplate and the whole walk ended on a high when we discovered the delightful tea room where you could help yourself and leave appropriate payment.
The love and care that has gone into these gardens is clear and new projects seem always on the horizon. We can't recommend Attadale gardens highly enough.

Visited May 2013
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