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We had a wonderful first visit during this awful year of 2020. The owners have adapted yet appeared... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2020
Rotherham, United Kingdom
Beautiful Backhouse

Backhouse of Rossie, the place we've come the past few years for their daffodil festival. For... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

Well established gardens with bear hunt for the young at heart. That and a bit of local history from friendly host. Well worth the visit.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank AllanAB15
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Reviewed 28 May 2017

I visited Backhouse Garden three days ago with my parents, and was very pleasantly surprised by what was on offer.

A cafe, housed in a renovated stable block, serves small light meals that are a bit different from the standard. For example, instead of a cheese toastie you can have a slice of toast with grilled cheese, old-fashioned style. There are daily specials which, when I was there, included home-grown asparagus served on toast, and a couple of vegetable soups. I had an Orkney cheese and (homemade apple) chutney sandwich, which came as an open sandwich consisting of two small slices of bread, with chunks of cheese and a light spreading of chutney on top. There was some lettuce, tomato and cucumber on the side and at £4 it was a dainty, but well-priced, snack. Their own cold-pressed apple juice is delicious, as are their own-branded leaf teas, which come in sturdily built glass teapots.

The gardens are large and fascinating, a sort of combination of horticulture, architecture and science. The walled garden is home to a great variety of apple trees, multitudinous herbs and a beautiful rose-trellised walkway. There's a circular grass maze and a most interesting water feature, unlike anything I've seen before.

You can walk to a Covenanter's Tomb on grassy paths through an attractive planting of native trees, but the direct route involves negotiating two styles. My mum, who walks with a stick, managed the first one but was stymied by the second. However, there is another way in from the driveway that's all on one level, and the friendly owners will be happy to point it out to you. On that note, the owners were wonderfully welcoming and that certainly added to the enjoyment of our visit.

The toilets are very nice, and there is good disabled access. There's plenty of parking, too, but take care to drive slowly on the road in as it's pretty bumpy.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Lorna M
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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

We visited for the first time today and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Very easy to find and ample parking for a damp dreich day.

The estate accessible to the public may be small but they pack a lot in. The walled garden is stunning, one the best we've seen for a long time. Our 2 year old loved the water feature. Will definitely have to visit again to see the gardens in full bloom!

The bear walk is such a great idea for little people and the sweet story that goes with it.

We did eat at the cafe and although it was a bit of damp day today, the cafe was warm enough considering it appeared to be the old stables! Cake was a success according to the 2yo.

All grounds appear to be accessible to prams and buggies, however I didn't see if there was ramped access to the walled garden. Just a couple of steps up though. Gutted we missed the daffodils as they looked like they were everywhere.

Not sure if there are further wooded walks around the estate. We didn't get to the Covenanters tomb as the heavens opened. This I don't think is easily accessible as there a style over a wall.

We'll definitely be going back again. Well done to the people involved in bringing this beautiful area back to life. Look forward to seeing what you do in the future.

Note to Backhouse Rossie, a sign for the toilets and heritage centre would be useful. We didn't need to spend a penny but did need a bin and stumbled across the heritage centre when given directions for the toilet.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank helenm69
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