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“A beautifully restored house and gardens”

Valentines Mansion & Gardens
Ranked #2 of 33 things to do in Ilford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Discover a beautiful country house and gardens in the heart of Ilford. Visit the recreated Victorian kitchen and Georgian rooms, with gorgeous views over surrounding parkland. Enjoy contemporary art exhibitions and installations. Explore the stunning historic gardens. Bring the whole family for hands-on games, activities and discovery trails. Valentines Mansion is open to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10am and 5pm, and Sundays from 11am to 4pm. Entry to the mansion is free.Valentines Gardens are open throughout the year. The Gardener's Cottage Cafe, set within the tranquil walled gardens, is open throughout the year from 10am to sunset.Valentines Mansion is also available to hire for a whole host of functions, from weddings and celebrations, to business meetings and seminars. It also makes an ideal location for filming and photoshoots.For full details visit our web site. Nearest Tube: Gants Hill Underground Station on the Central Line (5 minute walk).
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“A beautifully restored house and gardens”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

I was lucky enough to go on a guided tour of this beautiful house. The guide was very good and brought the story of the house to life. There is not much furniture in the rooms but the spacious interior is delightful. The kitchen is well set out in what used to be the Orangery. There is also an interesting video explaining how the house was restored. The house is set in lovely gardens which have many unusual features. Unfortunately the roses had been and gone as they are of a Victorian variety and only flower in June. On leaving the garden area you can stroll through the large park down to the boating lake where there is a café and an exciting children's playground. A FREE map is obtainable from the house showing the gardens and the park.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank rambler757
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English first
Ilford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Valentines Mansion and Gardens”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Valentines Mansion and Gardens is a really splendid place to visit. I should know, I managed its recent restoration.

The house is open on Tuesdays and Sundays but every day during the school summer holiday. The gardens are open all year round and feature a Rococo landscape with walled gardens, a long canal, an ornamental water, rock and shellwork grottoes and tasteful planting.

There is also a really nice cafe in the Kitchen Garden which means you can get refreshment during the visit and enjoy the lovely fruit and vegetable planting.

Not to be missed of you are staying in Ilford.

Visited July 2013
3 Thank NIgel B
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Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“English garden”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Liked the Cake, tea and stunning gardens to look at. No dislikes Try it soon whilst the sun is out. There was a concert when we visited which was a bonus

Visited July 2013
1 Thank mrkroft
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London UK
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2013

A wonderful place to visit, so peaceful to half a mile up the road. Yes the Chap was right the toilets need to be extended and Greatly Improved.Baz

Visited June 2013
Thank MrBarry
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Ilford, Essex
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Afternoon Tea”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Went to Valentines Mansions for tea in the cottage cafe. Rather expensive in my view but lovely to sit in the fresh air outside the cafe and look at the scenery. They also have Farmers Markets on a Sunday Morning. Very relaxing.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Angela S
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