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Aberglasney Gardens
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Owner description: Aberglasney was made famous by the BBC television series "A Garden Lost in Time" which followed its restoration. Today it is quite simply one of Wales' finest gardens. A renowned plantsman's paradise with a unique Elizabethan cloister garden at its heart, Aberglasney offers the opportunity to explore more than 10 acres of ancient gardens as well as the award winning Ninfarium: a special indoor garden filled with exotic plants from around the world. The gardens and the fully restored ground floor of Aberglasney's grade II* listed mansion offer a stunning venue for exhibitions and events. Aberglasney Gardens, the highly regarded tearooms, our shop and plant sales area are OPEN EVERY DAY (except Christmas Day.)The gardens are largely wheelchair friendly, (wheelchairs can be pre-booked.)
Reviewed May 31, 2013

A wonderful place to visit, not only to see the plants and flowers, but also the changes being made. Not an easy place for disabled people to visit, especially wheelchair users. The food is very good. And.............it's usually "free from children"!!

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Reviewed May 27, 2013

We were told about this garden the day before we visited. We didn't know Damien Lewis would be opening the newly restored ground floor! This is a very interesting garden which grew on us the more we saw. The indoor garden and Bishop's walk were of particular note. A well thought out attraction and well worth a visit.

Thank Stephen T
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Sunday May 26th 2013 was our third visit this year and was the best- the restoration of the ground floor of the mansion is wonderful, with great attention to getting details right. The gardens were at their best and the new woodland area is maturing well, so much work has been done restoring the overgrown borders and replacing the box hedging. The shop had a lovely selection of gifts and reasonably priced plants which were too tempting.
However the change of owners at the cafe is NOT a good move - overpriced, under staffed -we had to wait 35 minutes for order to be taken and table cleared from previous occupants. The first time we had tried the new cafe, (a week after Wrights took it over) the food was mediocre to say the least - Welsh rarebit and leeks (more leeks than rarebit) in toasted bread with no garnish and cost £6.50. We thought that it was just early days and the former standard would be there the next time we visited. However it was worse - I had chicken liver parfait and toast which was lovely but the "salad garnish" was only 8 leaves of limp lettuce with something drizzled over them. The tea was good, even if the milk was served in a cup due to them running out of milk jugs! They say locally sourced but importing lemon drinks from Torquay is hardly local, there are plenty of good water supliers in this area. The ice cream is a lovely local one but only a £3.50 tub is now available, gone are the days of getting a double cone and sitting in the sunken garden to enjoy it.
We are regular visitors, using our season ticket at least 7 times a year, so we will be visiting again, but will give the cafe a miss next time or choose not to go at lunchtime

2  Thank Jane G
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

Visited today in the beautiful weather. Damien Lewis was officially opening the new renovation. Think £8 is very expensive, and as mentioned in an earlier post, the gift aid form filling was annoying! I also don't understand why It's £8 if you gift aid, but cheaper if not (can't remember the exact price)! Surely you should not be penalised for agreeing to gift aid! The gardens are not child or disabled friendly. As for the cafe prices, just rediculous! Fine if you wanted the £10 picnic, but I just wanted a cheese roll (£5) and a soft drink (£2.50 for a coke). We had three children with us who were looking forward to purchasing an ice cream with their own money. However, the only ice cream was a small tub priced at £3.50. Just don't see how they can justify any of the prices! I won't be returning!

The garden, however, is very nice!

3  Thank AmandaNeath
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

My husband and I are members of Aberglasney and visit regularly. We nearly always eat at the garden cafe and it has always been very pleasant. The bowls of soup in particular were very good. This week we went to see the renovations to the ground floor of the house and as usual made our way to the cafe for a spot of lunch. As the weather was not very good we decided to eat inside instead of on the terrace. Inside, the cafe was clean and bright. There were seven tables, of which five were occupied. Most of these customers already had their meals. The waitress took our order very quickly. We simply ordered beef sandwiches and a pot of tea. A very polite young man brought the tea quickly. After thirty five minutes we were still waiting for our sandwiches. (We had finished the tea ages ago !) A little while later the polite young man told us that our meal was ready and would be with us soon. A little over ten minutes later the sandwiches did arrive. For £6.50 you get two sandwiches. There is no salad garnish as you get in most cafes. The bread was delicious, fresh, home made, thick and tasty. The filling was thin slices of "organic" beef, a lettuce leaf and a smearing of horse radish sauce.(No butter) I decided to have a dessert and chose meringue with fruit and cream. The meringue was huge and just as a home made meringue should be.The cream was real cream, not the ghastly stuff that comes in a can, but the strawberries were tough and had very little flavour.
All in all, I do feel that the sandwiches were overpriced and the waiting time of 45 minutes was unacceptable. In future I will just have a pot of tea.....which was very good.

2  Thank PAULINE S
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