Beech Court Gardens

Beech Court Gardens, Challock: Address, Phone Number, Beech Court Gardens Reviews: 3.5/5

Beech Court Gardens
3.5

3.5
52 reviews
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2010ajb
canterbury57 contributions
Visit with friend
Aug 2018 • Friends
We love this wonderful garden with its rare trees and tranquil feel. Have visited numerous times as it is inspirational. We also liked the informal atmosphere and pleasant restaurant staff.
Written June 16, 2019
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christine m
Broadstairs, UK63 contributions
Lovely
May 2019 • Couples
Went here for the bank holiday sun ,lovely place to stroll around at your own pace ,will go back again in the summer when abit warmer
Written May 5, 2019
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RBirdie
London, UK12 contributions
Pretty cafe for tea and cake
Jul 2018 • Couples
Just love the quaintness of this place. Yes it’s not a slick High St. coffee shop, but it charming and delightful. Chickens roaming around and birds tweeting.
We’ve never visited the gardens, but the view from the cafe is pretty.
Cash only!
Written July 22, 2018
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check06
Canterbury, UK161 contributions
Pleasant coffee stop
Jun 2018 • Couples
Went for a coffee stop and a sandwich. Great location with chickens wondering around. Food is good, straightforward but nothing fancy.
If you're in the area, pop in
Written June 19, 2018
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2010ajb
canterbury57 contributions
Wonderful spring garden with an outstanding collection of rare trees and a warm welcome
Jun 2017 • Friends
This garden is really special and unique and it is clear from some of the more negative reviews that some unsophisticated visitors are unaware of the value of the rare and beautiful trees that are in the gardens. The shrubs and flowers are magnificient with lots of acid loving specimens. The pond areas are also interesting if you are visiting the garden and are interested in special plants. We received a warm welcome from the staff who were managing well in the restaurant despite having just welcomed over a hundred visitors from the bucket and spade car run. We had a simple homecooked lunch and delicious cakes. Tea that is a cut above most specialist tea rooms and all served with courtesy and good humour. The gardens are set around a lovely period house from the fifteenth century. The house is on the top of the North Downs and the garden are surrounded by pasture and woodland with lovely views. The atmosphere of the the gardens is one of tranquillity and peace. I would recommend a visit to get away from the turmoil of life especially if you are really interested in a plantsmans woodland garden.
Written June 4, 2017
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Allisoncsuk
Chatham, UK404 contributions
Mixed
May 2017
We arrived as the place opened to find a large group of cyclists outside the cafe. We went inside to get a cup of tea and to pay for entrance. There was only one person serving for both the cafe and entrance and she told us she couldn't make us tea as she was to busy and to come back later and pay for entrance. There was no welcome no map or instructions given just a go away really.

We wandered of and went round the gardens which were lovely but there was no way of knowing if you were going in the right direction and if you were missing parts. There were lots of azaleas and rhododendrons which were very colourful but if they weren't in flower I am not sure how the garden would look.

The cost is £4.50 per person.

Would I go again probably not.
Written May 28, 2017
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Veronica H
Dartford, UK615 contributions
Beautiful gardens but cafe could do with some TLC
Aug 2016 • Family
Arriving later than intended, meaning less than an hour to see the gardens and have tea. Given a reasonable discount on the admission with our disabled son. Gardens largely wheelchair-friendly and very pleasant - especially if you like hydrangeas and lace cups. Good mixture of shade and more open spaces - luckliy we had good weather. Nice to see various types of poultry running around.

Now to the cafe. As mentioned by other reviewers, the lovely ladies running it also have to take admission money. This means there could do with being at least of 1 more of them - and meant quite a long wait for a simple order of cake and drinks, with few other customers that soon before closing. Also the pricing. Good though the cake seemed to be, £3 is pretty steep for a slice of cake.
Written August 16, 2016
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Thank you for your words. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit
Written December 3, 2016
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Peter C
Canterbury, UK23 contributions
Wonderful rhododendrons
May 2015 • Solo
There aren't many places in Kent which specialise in rhododendrons and azaleas, but this must be one of the best - a beautiful range of colours and some scented azaleas too, so take your camera. Good just to wander in for an hour or two, and it's mostly flat so easy access for most people - although bits of the grass can be a little soggy after rain.
Written November 9, 2015
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Jampielil
kent69 contributions
Lovely
Sep 2015 • Couples
Today we had our second visit to Beech Court, the last day of the season. We were blessed with glorious weather, and sat outside overlooking the pond and enjoyed the chickens fussing around. The tea and cake we had was lovely, and served by a friendly and informative lady.
We found a seat in the garden, and relaxed in the peaceful atmosphere the gardens give. The trees were beginning to change to their autumn colours, and it would be lovely to be able to go round later in the season, but we can understand why this is not possible.
A beautiful, calming place - full of history (if you are interested in that, as I am) and we will visit again. Thank you.
Written September 30, 2015
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thank you . I am so glad you enjoyed your trip
Written December 3, 2016
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Ceejayblue
Greater London, UK14,823 contributions
A little disappointed but a lovely garden
Aug 2015 • Couples
Today we went to visit Beech Court Gardens, unfortunately the weather was overcast but we were set up for the weather (luckily it didn't rain!). First stop the goats, they are so sweet and the chicken and guinea fowl running around gave a lovely farm feel to the place.

As it was 12.45pm when we arrived we decided to have lunch before our walk around the gardens. The tea rooms look quite quaint and the staff are very nice young ladies who seemed to be rushed off their feet. Unfortunately they'd just had a "rush on" and so there would be approx half an hour delay in getting our food so would we like to come back and it would be ready after our walk around the garden? We said no we would wait (I'm diabetic) but would have our pot of tea whilst we waited. As far as we could see there were about 15-20 people in the tea room and probably 5 or 6 outside. I noticed that some one was having a quiche and salad but when I asked they'd run out so we ordered 2 jacket potatoes and sat down to wait.

We sat down in the far end of the tea room, which was rustic to say the least! My chair had a nail in it and luckily I realised before tearing my trousers! It took awhile for our tea to materialise and even longer for the sugar to appear. Overall, the tea was a good cup of tea and the pot gave us 2 cups each, so far so good! Then we began to see that the rusticness of the little barn end was covered in cobwebs, obviously very old ones as they were full of dust and dirt! A couple of the chairs also had cobwebs on! I know spiders get in everywhere, especially in farm building but there were ancient cobwebs everywhere we looked (if you don't like spiders avoid that end!).

After about half an hour we were still waiting and other people had come in and were waiting, some even got their food before us! The young lady who served us was most apologetic and said food would be along soon but needed to apologise to us that they only had one potato so I decided to have a cheese and ham toastie. One couple in the room were about to leave when their cheese on toast came (they came in about 10 mins after us!). Nobody in that little room was happy. We all had a discussion about it and felt they were understaffed and the place could do with a good brush down once in awhile to remove the cobwebs and the dirt in them. Plus, the girls also had to take the entry fee to the gardens and shockingly they do not take debit or credit cards! It was lucky that we actually had cash on us to pay for it all.

Our food finally arrived 1hr 20 mins after we'd ordered it and been told it would be half an hour. If I wasn't diabetic I would've left but I needed to eat. The jacket potato was microwaved, and the toastie was flattened within an millimeter of its life and very pale and pasty. We weren't impressed!

Then to the toilet! There are two on site, we chose the one by the tea room. No lighting except from a small frosted window and it was under a tree so not much natural light. It was clean apart from the dreaded cobwebs everywhere - they need to address this and the lighting. We tried to turn on the lights from outside the actual toilet (fitted for disabled users so that's a plus) but nothing!

Onto the gardens and woodlands - so lovely, lots of little nooks and crannies to wander around, a lovely pond and a sunken garden, amazing hydrangeas and I expect in the spring the Rhodedenrons look amazing. We had a great walk but the area is quite small and you can do the whole lot in around half an hour but we were stopping and taking photos. We were a bit disconcerted by the dog faeces that were around the lawned areas and could've been picked up by the owners (assuming they are dogs that belong to the house as there weren't any dogs with the visitors.

Its a pity the weather was cloudy because we can imagine that its lovely in the sunshine. Overall, the gardens and woodland area are lovely but there's not enough there for us to return any time soon and the tea room really needs to make sure that there are enough staff on and cooking facilities to feed everyone - its not as if they have an extensive menu!
Written August 16, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you for your words
Written December 3, 2016
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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