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“Our favourite UK garden!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Garden House

The Garden House
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Yelverton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Garden House is a 10 acre series of garden rooms, each planted differently, for seasonal interest. Visitors love the planting styles, 16th century ruins, bright colours and far reaching views over wild flower meadows. Children can roam free and find hidden corners and explore trails and trees. It is a wonderful place for garden enthusiasts, walkers and family visits. The tea room in the main house is renowned for freshly made treats and light lunches. A healthier options menu is very popular. Plants sold onsite at our well stocked plant centre are often propagated from the garden, so you will find interesting and unusual varieties that aren't commonly available elsewhere.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
West Sussex
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223 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“Our favourite UK garden!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2013 via mobile

We are regular visitors to gardens throughout the UK and The Garden House is our favourite.
We have been regular visitors,while staying in the area,in June for many years and we also normally manage a visit in Spring or Autumn.Whatever season we visit the gardens are always full of interest.
There is truly something for everyone here - herbaceous borders, the cottage garden,the wild flower meadow,Rhododendron walk,bulb garden,and the beautiful Walled Garden (by far the best we know!).
One of the main attractions of the gardens are the way you can meander through the different areas being constantly surprised and delighted about what comes next.
Yes,some years different areas are better than others (this year at the end June there were issues with water not flowing) however overall the gardens are superb.They are superbly maintained by a dedicated team who we have found are always friendly and happy to answer any questions.
As a reward at the end of your visit try the tea rooms - again something for everyone from great home made soup to excellent salads,sandwiches,or meals.The cakes are far too tempting!
Do not be put off by the entrance cost - you can spend many happy hours here.We know from talking to a trustee of the charity that owns the gardens that they struggle for funds and everything they earn from the entrance charge,tea room,and plant area goes back into the gardens.

Visited June 2013
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“An Exceptional Garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2013

We came across a leaflet about this garden whilst visiting the nearby Buckland Abbey. Armed with our 2 for 1 Gardeners' World Discount Card we just couldn't let the opportunity of a visit to pass us by. The Garden House is truly an exceptional garden by any standards. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll amongst the acers, grasses and giant hostas, and finished up by the pond (with its remarkable statues) and in the cottage garden. It was a lovely sunny day and the garden was at its very best. Indeed, the garden has the look of minimal maintenance which undoubtedly belies the considerable efforts of the permanent and volunteer staff to keep it looking as good as it is. In sum, this was a wonderful visit rounded off with a lovely Devonshire cream tea in the restaurant where the staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank HenGus
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Enjoyable visit to a beautiful garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2013

We were lucky to still catch the wild flowers, azaleas and rhododendrons in bloom (June) . The garden is a tranquil walk filled to the brim with interesting plants. The giant Hostas unmarked by pests were remarkable. We look forward to returning in a few years to see the progress of the new arboretum around the lake.
I would have liked to be able to purchase some of the amazing blue poppies but was unsuccessful.

Visited June 2013
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106 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“A beautiful garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2013

We visited the Garden House, as we do each year and were not disappointed.
We took the long walk and really enjoyed the stunning planting and quietness of the place.
The wisteria umbrella was glorious.

We finished our visit with a gorgeous cream tea in the charming house, which has two rooms in which to eat.

There is also a chance to buy plants on the way out.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank CornwallMole
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“A place to visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

We visited on a chilly but sunny early April day. Due to the late winter this year everything was delayed. However the bulbs were wonderful. It was great to see the structure of the garden before it becomes disguised by luxuriant growth.
The restaurant was good - although beware the gardeners quiche had meat in it which took me by surpise.
My dream would be to visit each season....
Lovely but expensive small plant sales area.

Visited April 2013
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