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“Tea & Cake”
Review of Abbeywood Gardens

Abbeywood Gardens
Ranked #3 of 4 things to do in Delamere
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Rowlinson family have lived at Abbeywood since 1987, during which time they have made many improvements and additions to the gardens. The year starts in February with many varieties of Galanthus in Jane's Garden, followed by other Spring favourites, Erythroniums and Trilliums, to name but a few of her rare plants. The Main Garden is divided into separate areas. The formal layout gives way to naturalistic planting within. Early May starts with Tulips followed by Alliums and Camassia. Seasonal interest continues until around mid September - weather depending. The Christopher Lloyd inspired Exotic Garden, designed around the remnants of the old vegetable garden, is filled with Dahlias, Cannas, Banana and other tender perennials. These continue until the first frosts. The Young Arboretum is planted with rare evergreen and deciduous trees for year round interest. A 2km, wildlife walk incorporates the existing and new woodland on the 45 acre grounds.
Reviewed September 28, 2012

We escape here for tea & cake on a regular basis as we just love the place. Staff are friendly and the choice of cakes is really good. Must try the afternoon tea soon.....

2  Thank Jill M
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

my nephew and his wife are traveling up from london to attend a wedding here and will be staying with us as we will be acting as taxi service so we thought we better get our bearings right what a lovely setting for a wedding we stayed for lunch they have high chirs by the way as we had our young granchild with us the chicken an mango salad was delic ous whilst my husband took alfie into the garden for a walk i settled down with a magazine to a lovely slice if coffee cake and a cappochino we will be calling again as we often go walking in nearby delamere forrest and the cafe there is always so busy at the w/end

1  Thank sueflintshire
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

We looked at Abbeywood for a potential wedding venue, its such a lovely place with beautiful gardens! We had lunch there and the food was gorgeous home-made food with friendly staff. A nice little day out!

1  Thank Brookie_123
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

Abbeywood gardens is a little gem hiden in the beautiful Cheshire countryside. Visited here on 1st July 2012, the gardens are just beautiful, and there is more to see than I expected, lots of interesting hiden away areas to be found. Great for a family outing, and there is a wonderful cafe with beautiful cakes. A little bit expensive I thought, but very delicious. Would definitely go back for another visit. Negative, and only a small one, they need to sort out a bigger car park.

2  Thank suzie65_11
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

We saw signs advertising Abbeywood Cafe and called in believing it would be a "walkers'cafe" as it is so close to the forest. How surprised we were. Firstly, a beautiful eatery. (Personally, I wouldn't call a place a cafe which serves pan fried sea bass but there you go). Lovely food and a great salad dressing (rare in England outside of good restaurants). Even without the entry fee of £5 to enter the gardens you can stroll through part of the lovely garden and wooded area. Clearly, a lot of money has been invested here and whilst it is work in progress, it has been worth it. Wood sculptures of birds and animals are a delight. The gardens are beautiful - both formal and natural. Wonderful borders bursting with overflowing perennials in a beautifully co-ordinated and gentle colour scheme The views of the countryside around are amazing. We returned a few days later with our 3 yr old grandson who loved the freedom of meadows and searching for a 4 leaf clover. There is a lovely children's play area - again in a natural wooded setting. I enquired via email after the name of a tree we had seen in bloom whilst there and was rewarded by a very prompt response with all the information needed. Perhaps they could do with a brochure naming and describing the flowers and trees but this place appears to be so lovingly tended that I'm sure that will happen before long. Thoroughly recommended for a lovely half day with excellent value for both food content and gardens. We only hope they don't expand in too many directions, which would detract from the peace and tranquility of the place.

4  Thank Sprite_9
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