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Cascades Gardens

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Clatterway, Bonsall, Matlock DE4 2AH, England
+44 1629 822813
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Disappointing....

Had not viewed the Cascades website before my visit...otherwise I would have thought I had visited... read more

Reviewed today
chris r
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Nottingham
A Lovely Outing

Had a lovely visit to these gardens. So many flowers to see and so tranquil. Places to sit in... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sue B
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Cascades Gardens is a beautiful and interesting garden to visit in Derbyshire, in the historic village of Bonsall near Matlock. Ideal for garden enthusiasts, plantsmen and for those who just want to relax in the beautiful natural surroundings and visit a garden in Derbyshire and the Peak District. Come and explore this fascinating garden which originates from the 18th century and surrounds the ruins of a corn mill, with pond and mill race, canal and an old lead mine. Cascades gardens is set on many levels with a new "garden room" around every corner-perennial flower beds, roses, waterside planting and alpine and conifer rockeries. There is a great view from the cliff top path. Every season brings new surprises with hosts of snowdrops, hellebores, hosta, daffodils, unusual perennial flowers, shrubs, trees and conifers. A wide range of plants in the garden are available for sale in the nursery. The informal gardens have been designed to blend in with the spectacular natural landscape of rocks, cliffs and woodland. The Bonsall brook runs through the garden and flows over the ruined corn mill and many waterfalls which gives the house it's name. In the winter the water can be a torrent and in the summer a gentle trickle. Group visits are most welcome and refreshments for groups can be made available by prior arrangement. Talks are given by Alan Clements, the owner, to clubs and societies. Please contact us for details The historic village of Bonsall has many old buildings, and is a great place to walk in the hills. It has two attractive old pubs that offer a warm welcome and serve good food.
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Clatterway, Bonsall, Matlock DE4 2AH, England
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Reviewed today

Had not viewed the Cascades website before my visit...otherwise I would have thought I had visited a different garden altogether! Looking at other reviews clearly some, possibly many, who have visited, thoroughly enjoyed looking round. There was a steep path which promised a wonderful view...More

Thank chris r
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Reviewed yesterday

Had a lovely visit to these gardens. So many flowers to see and so tranquil. Places to sit in beautiful surroundings. Thoroughly recommend a visit especially if the sun is shining!

1  Thank Sue B
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited these lovely gardens in the spur of the moment & we arrived an hour before it closed. The owner was very welcoming & gave us a quick insight to his 20 years in creating & the subsequent upkeep of this large garden. We...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

First day of our mini-break away. Found this place from a leaflet at our hotel, and such a surprise! Couldn't believe a small piece of Eden could exist just off of a main road! Could spend hours there!

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

This was a lovely place until the owner was unwilling to discuss a small issue and shut the door in our face. Avoid at all costs unless you don't mind give this rude man money for a poor serviceMore

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Alan C, Owner at Cascades Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Glad you found Cascades Gardens to be a lovely place. Most of our guests appreciate our friendly , relaxing B&B with a wonderful 4 acre peaceful meditation garden. At Cascades we are always happy to help our guests and do our best to provide them...More

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Reviewed 10 May 2018

Lovely gardens - good welcome by owner but charged £2 for coffee or tea and we had to make it ourselves. Not what we expectedMore

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Alan C, Owner at Cascades Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2018

Good to see you, and glad to hear you thought the garden was lovely. Inspired by Japanese gardens and eastern philosophy most people find our garden the perfect place to relax and reflect with the sound of all the waterfalls and beautiful natural setting. Our...More

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Reviewed 6 May 2018

Visited Cascades May Bank Holiday 2018. Its charm lies in the use of different viewing points from changing perspectives and heights, with brief notes to point out significant seasonal planting. The water, different levels, shade and saesonal planting all provide a peaceful relaxing setting. Beautiful...More

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Reviewed 27 April 2018

Not your normal garden, if you expect lawns,flowers and shrubs this place is not for you.There are small untidy parts where weeds can be seen,but that is the nature of the place.It is not a manicured garden The garden has water features, sculptures(with eastern influence)...More

Thank onholidayalways
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Alan C, Owner at Cascades Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2018

Thanks for visiting Cascades Gardens I have tried hard to create a natural garden and so there are deliberately no straight lines in the design. With 4 acres of rocks and cliffs and waterfalls manicured is not an option. The 10 seats positioned in the...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

We visited these gardens today with friends. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The gardens aren’t big but are beautifully laid out and there are benches where you can sit and meditate. We walked up to the top of the cliff and it was...More

Thank Heather G
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

This small garden needs to be taken slowly. There are a dozen benches to sit on and contemplate and five minutes on each gives a really relaxing experience. It is not surprising to learn that the owner/creator of the garden was influenced by contemplation and...More

1  Thank James Neville W
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terryandjudy
19 March 2016|
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Response from Alan C | Property representative |
Hi, our garden open every year 1 April to end September. Opening hours are 11am-5.30pm every day, except Fridays.
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