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Caerau Uchaf Gardens

Snowdonia National Park, Bala LL23 7LG, Wales
+44 1678 530493
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A fabulous find!

We've had a holiday home in Bala all summer and only came across this place this last weekend. What... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
KissesCheshire
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Cheshire, UK
So glad we stumbled upon this gem

I cannot rate this place highly enough. What a special place! The gardens are truly beautiful and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Melissa D
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Open Gardens and Adventure Playground but also food food food. Caerau Uchaf has the highest private garden open to the public in North Wales at over 1000 ft. We are Toby and Stephanie Hickish, who started building the gardens from scratch in 1994. They were a sideline to our garden design business and have been added to over the years. The cafe has become a significant part of the whole thing and we aim to produce really good home cooked lunches as well as Stephanie's great cakes. We also sell gifts and plants.Caerau Gardens and Cafe is now open SEVEN days a week from 10.00a.m until early evening. We can provide early evening meals especially in High season. At other times booking is appreciated.
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Snowdonia National Park, Bala LL23 7LG, Wales
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've had a holiday home in Bala all summer and only came across this place this last weekend. What a shame - it's the most wonderful find! Although it's the end of the season and gardens are not at their best, we thoroughly enjoyed our...More

Thank KissesCheshire
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I cannot rate this place highly enough. What a special place! The gardens are truly beautiful and plenty of space to explore. I loved the home from home feel that the owners provided. We had afternoon tea and some other bits and bobs which were...More

Thank Melissa D
Reviewed 7 September 2017

A tranquil place to visit, with pretty 'rooms' and lovely views into and out of the garden We walked here and found it a lovely place to discover.

Thank Herbie-Green
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

A fantastic garden with loads to see and a great walk through the woods, I could sit and look over the hills for hours, it's so peaceful. Slightly disappointed by the food from the cafe as it wasn't the best tasting and it was over...More

1  Thank Chris T
summersgardens, Owner at Caerau Uchaf Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Thank you for your review, glad you liked the gardens. I do remember you, I believe you had 2 soups at £4.75 each including very fresh homemade bread? I'm sorry you weren't impressed, that always upsets me because we try hard to do lovely food,...More

Reviewed 30 July 2017

We were more than happy with our visit and pleased that we made the time to see the gardens before we left Bala. Even our teenage son (less than eager to see another garden) had a blast jumping on the sunken trampoline and exploring the...More

Thank Shannon P
Reviewed 26 July 2017

This is not the usual formal garden (we had just come from Chirk Castle), but a very personal one developed over 20 + years by Toby and Stephanie Hichish. Although relatively small it is full of surprises and enjoys fantastic views over Bala and the...More

1  Thank mikeandros
summersgardens, Owner at Caerau Uchaf Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2017

Thank you very much for your comments, we explained that we had given you an old brochure in fact it was printed in 2010 so that probably explains the £1.50 price hike, we keep family ticket prices down as much as possible and actually, if...More

Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

We stopped by after reading reviews on the gardens and the cafe, after getting through the narrow roads and we had a warm welcome and met the people looking after it who were lovely. £4.50 each entrance fee for the start being all lovely and...More

Thank Claire W
summersgardens, Owner at Caerau Uchaf Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Surprised by your comments as we and all our other visitors have been delighted with the gardens, they are better than ever this year though they do get a bit woolly as the year goes on. It's a lovely spot though and as private gardens...More

Reviewed 4 July 2017

This is a hidden gem of a garden a few miles from Bala. It is laid out in a way whereby you can wander around and discover beautiful surprises around each corner. Also you can have a meal here, where the food is home cooked...More

Thank JasonMux
summersgardens, Owner at Caerau Uchaf Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Thank you very much for going to the trouble to review us, reviews like yours make one feel a warm glow! I think the gardens have been at their best this year though we probably loose control at some stage as the year goes on....More

Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Came to stay a couple nights at the pigsty, we were made to feel very welcome. This was my first visit to Wales. Such a beautiful place and there is so much to the garden. Fantastic views. Adorable and well behaved dogs. Things to do...More

Thank helenmelondyet
summersgardens, Owner at Caerau Uchaf Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased you loved the place!!

Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful hidden surprise. We visited on our way home after a camping holiday after finding it on trip advisor. We were sceptical when driving up the single track road but so glad we decided to continue as it's such a beautiful place....More

Thank lct86
summersgardens, Owner at Caerau Uchaf Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review!! It's always great when people are so enthusiastic. It is difficult to explain the place to people, especially when they just turn off the road on a whim and think they have ended up at a private...More

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Nicole W
24 August 2016|
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Response from Jane E | Reviewed this property |
Yes but no sure how much.
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Mufcjane
14 August 2015|
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Response from Hickish | Property representative |
Hello, Yes the gardens are dog friendly. There is plenty of room to exercise your dogs and they are allowed into the cafe area as well
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