If you like your garden all in rows and standing to attention this place is not for you. But for the growing body of people who understand the importance of living with wildlife this is a magical place.
I admit it needs some work, but too much would spoil it. Do not go with a car too low to the ground as recent heavy rains have made the drive down a bit rough to say the least. If you can see past the fact the "tea rooms" are not the usual sterile purpose built unit. In fact they are a massive greenhouse with a swimming pool inside! The pool and greenhouse could do with some work, the frogs and toads have taken over the pool which is brilliant, perhaps a bale or 2 of barley straw would clear the green water. The area where the tea and cakes are served is very clean, the homemade cake we had the orange & carrot cake was delicious beautifully moist. A robin flew down and ate some crumbs, he waited for the carrot cake as well. The tea and coffee were quality and hot and the delightful owner informed us she was 73! It was her husband who greeted us at the entrance. The grounds could do with a good carpenter to fix some of the beautiful old seating, hidden tree houses & huts. The signs explaining the planting have not stood the test of time, pity they looked like they were interesting. It would be a shame for someone to over garden this wilderness. If it wasn't for these over zealose health and safety laws it would make an exciting place to play hunt the easter egg or hide and seek for children. Really quite place - ideal for a writer I would have thought there was one other visitor and this was busy! There are peacocks and pea hens wandering around my sister and I loved it! I think there is a fee for it but we had 2 pieces of carrot cake a coffee and a tea for under £10 You could do this in less than an hour but it's nice to take your time and enjoy. This is not for everybody, but we enjoyed it. Don't compare to other gardens it is totally different. There is a hidden ship / boat behind the greenhouse, don't know what the story is behind it. Had to put friends as the visit thing as this is the nearest, it was just my sister and myself.
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