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“Oh, How I love this tranquil place!”

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 September 5, 2013

Aberglasney....the very name is unique and full of promise...... We visited for a second time recently, and were thrilled to find how much it has come on since the first visit, back in the early part of the milennium. It was really quite derelict then, and the house was sitting there all unloved and falling down, in part.
The gardens are really something else! The walkway above the lake, and the lake itself, with its little rills running into each side, are fascinating. It is a gentle place......despite having 'ghostly apparitions' supposedly within the main house....
The walk into the woods is for anyone's capabilites, as I am certainly no off-piste walker, but I did enjoy this little meander into the trees, over the bridges, and back into the vegetable gardens. There are some unusual plants within the woodland, and, for those of a certain age - seats!
One is quite delightful, carved to be like an Oak leaf, with two Acorns as legs. (Wish I could have put it into my pocket and brought it home.)
The Tea Room is very nice, hot and cold food served by friendly staff, with indoor and outdoor seating. Spotlessly clean WC facilities are available, too.The Tea Room is much expanded from our first visit, as is the shop one encounters by the main entrance.
I bought a really nice hardback book on Aberglasney, (very good price as it was on offer,) and it will certainly be lovely to look at in the depths of winter, to remind myself of that beautiful, tranquil, gentle place, and how it was on our second visit.
PS: The house now has a floor! And it is gradually becoming its former self, I feel. They use a main room as an art gallery with local artists displaying their works, and a second room is a viewing-room, where a film of the history, and discovery, of the 'Gardens Lost In Time' is shown. Well worth a little sit-down to find out all about Aberglasney.......Just as Aberglasney is well-worth a visit.......

Thank GULLIVERHampshire
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Fabulous experience - super grounds and garden beds, interesting house now opened on the groundfloor; fascinating ninfarium (hot house atrium) in the middle of the house; lovely lake and mostly wheelchair friendly. We particularly liked having a cream tea overlooking the lake in the first class café.

Thank JeffandLes
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Arrived on a bank holiday but the garden had plenty of space for everyone, the gardens were very well set out and were well maintained by the volunteers. although the house was open you could only visit the ground floor which was hosting a art exhibition. The food in the tea room was very expensive for what it was 6.50 for a sandwich with not even a garnish and was not to my taste.

Thank roscwmbran
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Arrived on a Bank Holiday Monday to a pretty full car park as expected. Unfortunately car park doesn't have marked spaces, so may prove a problem for disabled parking.

The entrance fee (for adults) was £8 inclusive of gift aid and seemed reasonable considering the size and scale of the whole estate.

This aside, the house a gardens are immaculately kept with some amazingly colourful flowers displays and a beautiful yew tree arch. It seemed to be popular with a lot of locals as well and if you like your horticulture then this is a treat.

There is a welcoming café which has outdoor seating opening onto a courtyard with a picturesque pond and woodlands and a well stocked gift shop with some traditional gifts.

The food in the café was tasty and ingredients are locally sourced, but also a bit pricey (Welsh rarebit was £7.50). The drinks were on average about £3 but were of a good quality.

Overall, a lovely place to visit for a day trip, but the food is pricey and the access for disabled people is a bit limited. Although not a problem for us, it didn't seem to be very children friendly, hence only 4 stars. But definitely worth a visit if you are in the local area.

Thank Alex R
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Fantastic gardens! Really worth a visit! Enjoyable even on a showery day. However, although the food in the restaurant was good, we thought it was overpriced (£6 for bowl of soup and bread) and not at all child friendly.

Thank Jane14E
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