This was our first visit and what a welcome surprise awaited us. The gardens are mostly informal, which suited us well, as it is a place to be quiet and enjoy, rather than having to rush around formal route marked pathways. The spring flowers in their meadow like setting were glorious, as was the wealth of shade loving plants in their subtle dappled hues. We left the modern water garden until the end, as we were unsure whether we would appreciate it as much, but sitting at the back on a comfortable bench gazing at the fountain was extremely relaxing, as we gazed at the birds flying in to drink.
The tearoom is self service, with an honesty box, - so unusual these days to be trusted. The cakes were very tasty and drinks refreshing. We bought a couple of plants on our way out, from the healthy looking stock in the nursery.
The proprietor was very friendly and informative, ensuring that we will come again soon.