Ascog Hall Fernery and Garden

Ascog Hall Fernery and Garden

Ascog Hall Fernery and Garden
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A well stocked garden with many architectural features, including a sunken Victorian Fernery (1875) and large stable's ruin all located in the grounds of a baronial style house from 1844. A plant hunter trail, many water features and Britain's oldest exotic fern (more than 1000 years) add interest to this distinctly old fashioned and rather magical experience. Open from 10am to 5pm 1st April to 30th October.
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ElizabethHarman
1 contribution
Apr 2015 • Friends
This is my second time at the lovely Ascog Hall and Fernery.
Since coming back 2 years later and under the new ownership, the owners have carefully restored the garden to its former glory and added wonderful new features. Karin and Michael are very welcoming and happy to share their knowledge of the garden and Fernery to visitors. I would recommend everyone to take the time to stop by when on the island. I will be back next year to see the new Zen garden!!
Written April 19, 2015
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Kirsten B
45 contributions
We were staying nearby and visited the fernery on our way home.

There was no one there when we arrived - just an honesty box.

The gardens were beautiful full of stunning flowers. The Victorian fernery is so full of history and had been restored wonderfully.

If you enjoy wandering gardens then this is a place that you should visit.
Written July 8, 2014
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alastair d
Rome, Italy23 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
We visited the fernery on a lovely spring day and were completely enchanted by this place.

Beautiful gardens, with unusual, exotic plants and atmospheric Victorian buildings that give a glimpse into an age of discovery and exploration. The signs telling the stories of the site and the plants are all highly informative and witty.

We met one of the owners and her dog as they were working on a garden that must be a huge labour of love. Both of them charming.

Highly recommended.
Written April 11, 2019
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Carrie-Ann B
Isle of Bute, UK8 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
I visited last year with my cousin and our children. I recommended we go as I had not been is some years. The fernery and grounds did not disappoint they were as beautiful as I remembered and we had a picnic on the lawn as I had before with the old owners. Our boys were well behaved and for being so young (22 months and 2 year's 10 months) they were careful to stay on the paths and not pull or pick the flowers. But at the end of our picnic one of the boys strayed on to an area that we did not know was out of bounds and was told by the new owners to " Control your children and you shouldn't have had a picnic on our lawn this is our garden you know!!!!". As we prepared to leave another visiting couple even commented to us that they thought it rude. I still believe it is a beautiful site and worth a visit but be warned to be on your very best behaviour and don't stop for a sandwich.
Written June 30, 2015
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Belated apologies if you found my manner rude, but our main garden really isn't big enough to have a picnic area on the lawn. We now advise visitors that the area close to the ticket office at Mount Stuart has children's activity equipment, a safe running area and nice seating; it has been very well thought through and is a much better place for a picnic with children. For visitors not requiring tables and chairs we have tidied up the lawn area by the beach in front of our garden, where seals might sometimes be viewed while picnicking, and have cleaned out the old stables ruin - making a stunning setting for anyone wishing to picnic there.
Written July 4, 2015
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Lyndsay B
Edinburgh22 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
Not sure I want to share this as it was SO peaceful and beautiful and Idyllic. It was lovely to be there on our own without the chatter of other people but that would be selfish!

So I would encourage anyone to make the trip!
Written July 16, 2014
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DizzyFishes
West Lothian49 contributions
May 2013 • Couples
In a word, breathtaking. We visited mid-afternoon and were warmly welcomed by the proprietor who had a wealth of knowledge on the history of Ascog Hall itself (ambitiously restored at back-breaking expense and enormous financial risk by in-laws with a vision) and then some when it came to the gardens. We also enjoyed watching two of their chickens having a dust bath under a tree and the cockerel trying to eat newly pot-planted bedding while our man attempted to chase him off. Too funny.

The fernery itself is a magical and peaceful place, with a beautiful pebbled walkway, discreet statues and pond rocks, a pretty iron bridge near which - most impressively - resides the Fortingall Yew of the fern world, which is estimated to be over 1000 years old. The many and varied ferns from around the world are awesome to be amongst, and the award-winning restoration project was assisted by the Edinburgh Royal Botanical gardens. We spotted two frogs nearby the frog pond ornaments, which added to our joy.

On further investigation of the gardens, which cover around 3 acres, we were amazed at the variety and layout of the flowers, shrubs and other worldly looking things growing there. The colours and mix of the foliage and textures would have kept us there exploring for hours if we'd got there earlier. Next time...

We also visited and loved Mount Stuart gardens, but if we had limited time the fernery would be higher up our list at any time of year. This is a very special place and the entrance fee is more than value for money.
Written June 2, 2013
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EllieSELondon
London, UK26 contributions
Sep 2019
Have visited several times. There is always something different even in the space of a few weeks. Lovely pieces of artwork that suddenly surprise you. I notice different plants/shrubs etc at different times. Just beautiful to wander round the gardens, and of course not forgetting the glassed fernery - containing ancient ferns etc.
Written September 20, 2019
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Thanks for your review. We try to add something different to the garden each year, so we very very much appreciate those who notice the difference.
Written September 21, 2019
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Zeo007
n/a389 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
I had not planned to visit (well not on that day) but I hopped on the 490 bus and within 10 mins I was at the gates.

The gardens which have a £5 donation fee (pop it in the little green post box by the house after the driveway) are a collection of themed spaces.

I only spent 30 mins there but one could easily wander around for an hour.

If you are feeling fit you can cycle or walk from Rothesay (allow 2 hours there and 2 hours back).

Ascog is also between Rothesay and Mount Stuart so the more adventurous might like to combine the two activities.

Overall a lovely place to stroll around.
Written August 25, 2019
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phemiemac
Glasgow, UK106 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Having been several times to Bute this was our first visit. I loved it. The owners openly admit some of the areas are undermaintained but that's what makes it so special. I am not a uniform border kinda person so the almost forest like areas are just amazing and the majority of the plants were so new to me. Hope the owners found the money I spent on plants in the green box as I brought a bit of Ascog Hall home!
Written July 21, 2019
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Evelyn L
Edinburgh, UK63 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
Just go - the gardens are beautiful,and the Victorian fernery is wonderful.These are gardens whose owners are passionate gardeners.They rely on the donations made by visitors to help meet the costs of keeping the gardens.If you like gardens then you won't be disappointedl.
Written September 19, 2017
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