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“Don't bother with the Gardens of Heligan.”

Burrow Farm Gardens
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Dalwood
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

Came across these gardens purely by chance. Don't be put off by the entrance - it looks as if the gardens are tiny. There's an honesty box to put in a small entrance fee, so go with change.
The gardens are sectioned into different areas and, although you can have a map to help, we all found it much more relaxing to, 'get lost'.
None of us are gardeners, so I'm sure most of the plants were lost on us but the atmosphere of peace and calm made this trip one of the best of the holiday. Finished it off with a lovely cream tea in the tea room - irritated only slightly by the wasps.
Visited the Gardens of Heligan before. This oasis wipes the floor with it.

2  Thank Stomp2013
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

These gardens, far from floral, have superb shrubs and trees laid out in a very clever manner. A beautiful walk through lawns and copses is assisted by a helpful route map. Unfortunately when we visited the peace and tranquillity was ruined by hedge trimming and tree lopping using intrusive extremely noisy power tools. When this was mentioned to the lady owner she was totally indifferent and without apology said that it was a Tuesday and this was the only day the men could come in. I politely pointed out this was a fee paying attraction, it was still August and that the customer deserved more consideration. Despite the gardens being open until 7pm the staff walked away from the cafe before 5pm and we were unable to finish the afternoon off for my elderly MIL with a cuppa.
Staggered at the disinterest of the owner I came across the husband and thought I could seek some kind of sympathy and acknowledgment of the problem from him. Not a chance, he was most abrupt and rude. He said 'I'm not interested and if you don't like it don't come' which was of course a little late since we were already there.
On returning home and after mentioning this astonishing incident to friends more than one said the owners are always like that and the man particularly strange. What a way to run a business dealing with the general public. We had a retail business for 30 years and good will and politeness never went amiss. Obviously their success has gone to their heads. We won't be going again and suggest any reader makes enquiries before visiting as to whether there be noisy maintenance going on and of course avoid Tuesdays! I'm unable to comment on the food since we couldn't buy any

4  Thank AlfredleStrange
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Visited as a day out as it is dog friendly and we have a new dog that is settling in with our other dog. Lovely distinct areas, great variety of plants and loved the bottom woodland section. Fresh sandwiches and lovely coffee for lunch at reasonable prices. Recommended by a friend who visited yesterday. Do go up to the view point, steep but far reaching views.

3  Thank Snowy747
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

We visited these gardens almost by accident, as we were at a loose end one afternoon on a visit to the area. We had seen the leaflet at the B and B and decided to give it a go. At first glance the Gardens look a bit small and uninspiring but on further exploration they reveal a glorious oasis of colour and fragrance! They cover a large area and seemed to go on for ever but with distinct areas with individual themes. The owners, who must be in their 80s now, were there to welcome visitors and started the gardens in the grounds of their dairy farm in 1959. Lovely!!

2  Thank redfire1
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Too early for the Stockland Bank Holiday Monday Fair, diverted on a cold blustery morning for coffee-hot but Rombouts, conservatory/outside seating in cafe area. Mary Benger has created a wonderful garden with formal and woodland areas surrounded by Devon green verdant landscapes. Found a sheltered spot for the brief appearance of sunshine by the pergola and gazed at the view-lovely. Very good but small plant nursery and great loos!

2  Thank RubyBridport
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