We visited for the first time today on a Groupon deal. Having discovered this place via the deal site we saw that on their actual website they were offering a free voucher for a cup of coffee. After sending our email address we got the vouchers, printed them out and presented them with our Groupon deal, only to discover that they were not accepted with any other offer. It only stated that on the voucher once printed out and did not state this before ordering so this is obviously a data collection exercise as we have already received emails. Putting this to one side we entered the garden and discovered that this is not the type of garden that is perfectly manicured and stylish. It was definitely end of season and nothing had been cut back, deadheaded or cleared. Everything was dead, overgrown and no colour to be seen. It looked like a never ending piece of waste land. A nice feature was the pond although this was badly in need of cleaning up and cutting back some foliage. The garden was laid out in many different sections, all secluded, which was interesting. The best feature was the small waterfall/water feature area which looked relatively new landscaping. Other than this the only interesting things to see were the hens and their small chicks, the stunning rooster and the wire figurines on display from an artist. The fox was the best but the prices were exorbitant at £415 for the fox and the cheapest being the duck at £75. Hate to think what the deer in the trees would have cost!!
These gardens may be at their best in the spring but to charge the same all year round when there is very little to see is a bit of a rip off. If I had paid full price to come here rather then the Groupon deal I would have been quite annoyed.
Give it a miss and visit Scampston walled garden or Studley gardens in Ripon instead.
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