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“Great work by the owners but not worth it”

SpindleTree Gardens
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Tamworth
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Victoria, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great work by the owners but not worth it”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

We went to SpindleTree Gardens expecting a normal garden experience: big gardens that we could roam around at our own leisure. This is not what we got at all. First of all, we arrived and stood around with another group, confused as to where we were supposed to pay. We all stood around for about 10 minutes until a lady finally came out. When she came out, she was not very friendly and seemed stressed about something. We said we weren't sure if we wanted to stay for lunch, and she informed us that we had to decide and order before the garden tour so that she could make it for when we got back. We decided that we would stay for lunch, and three of us ordered toasted sandwiches and one ordered soup. Then we were told we would have to wait for her husband to give us a tour. I was totally not interested in the tour, nor was most of our group, but it was clear that this was not optional. The husband was on a phone call, and we were all stuck waiting there for half an hour for him to get off the phone and come do the tour. I should mention we had a two and six year old with us, and it was hard to keep them entertained during these long waiting periods. Also, don't bring your kids here. The owners are not child-friendly at all (and I am certainly not one of those annoying "kids belong everywhere!!!" kind of people, but come on, it's a garden, how much more child-friendly could an activity be?). So finally the husband graces us with his presence and the tour begins. To be honest, it was really boring; all we wanted to do was wander the gardens ourselves. I ended up going off with the kids and tried to keep them entertained by the pond, because what two or six year old cares about gardening details? The gardens themselves were impressive in that two seniors made them, but weren't fabulous. Finally the tour was over (it probably took at least 1.5-2 hours to tour a few acres) and it was time for lunch...or so we thought. So we were forced to order before going on the tour "so lunch will be ready when you are done". HA! We waited a full HOUR after the tour for three stupid toasted sandwiches and a soup. What could possibly happened in that kitchen?????? We almost walked out several times but kept thinking "any minute now!" Keeping the two year old entertained for an hour was *really* fun too. The food was fine, but nothing special. Also, the ice in the drinks smelled horrible, like really old ice or a dirty freezer. So gross. In short, I would not visit this garden again, would not recommend it to anyone, but if you are going to go, don't eat here.

Visited August 2012
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English first
Georgina, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Definitely visit the gardens but ... don't eat here”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

Gardens are spectacular! Wear good walking shoes. Gardens cover a few acres with many different types of gardens. Site has a beautiful pond with fish. Tom gives a very entertaining and knowledgeable garden tour. Well worth the cost.

Dining experience was very disappointing. Two of us had toasted sandwiches that were not only toasted but burned, third person had delicious chowder but served in a very small dish. Each had tea & water. One desert - serving of ice cream. No prices on menu. Cost for dining was $75. + taxes

Visited August 2012
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