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“Superb 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: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
West Sussex
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223 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“Superb garden!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

We visit the Garden House the last week in June most years while staying locally.We also normally manage a Spring or Autumn visit.

We are regular garden visitors throughout the UK and this is one of our favourites.There is always something for everyone and you can spend many happy hours meandering through the different areas.Our favourite areas are the wild flower and lower garden areas.

As with any garden some areas are better than others each year - this year the old South African area is in the process of being replanted and the wild flowers a little behind this year.

Anyone visiting for the first time needs to pay attention to the map - it is very easy to miss some stunning areas by choosing the 'wrong' path or just not walking that extra few yards!

The one slight area of criticism is in relation to the cafe.It is great to have extra space this year,and especially good to be able to sit outside. However,while there is a reasonably extensive,fairly priced,menu of good quality food and drink getting hold of it too often proves an issue!!! The staff,friendly and helpful, normally seemed rushed off their feet and you can often expect a long wait to order and again for the food to arrive!

Overall,the garden deserves 5 stars & the cafe 3 stars!

Visited June 2014
2 Thank BOBOK777
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English first
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting and wonderful food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

I can thoroughly recommend this treasure of a tea room. The food is excellent and the service is better than one could wish for. In a world where everyone is always rushing around, it's so refreshing to just take time to relax and enjoy the setting of this lovely tea room. The staff are very attentive and polite, even when under pressure, and clearly do their best to enable their customers to have a very pleasant experience each visit. Try it and find out for yourself! You'll be delighted that you did!

Visited June 2014
5 Thank David P
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Fantastic afternoon tea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

Visited the gardens during an English monsoon, upon on retreating to the tea room we both received an excellent and warm welcome from the staff. After browsing the menu we both opted for an afternoon tea. To say it is value for money is a gross understatement the cakes are spectacular. We both ended up asking for bags to take food home. Have read the negative revues and am not sure what to say this is not costa or McDonald's it a Devon tearoom selling fantastic tea and cakes with warm and friendly staff, go there sit relax and fill up on cake.

Visited June 2014
6 Thank Matt G
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“Not the best money spent”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

Although this is a nice enough little garden, there isn't enough about it to warrant the entrance price. It's situated about 1/2 a mile away from a National Trust property which has far more to offer. We had a light lunch in the tea room, which was reasonably priced, although a lot of the things on the menu, and the tea rooms themselves seemed to be aimed at a much older clientele (we're in our thirties). All a bit homemade and twee in the tea rooms I'm afraid, although when it comes to cake, that's not necessarily a bad thing!
Some of the garden was a bit sparse, and plant labels were few and far between, so if you wanted to know what a particular plan was, you'll struggle.
I was somewhat annoyed at the ticket price, we were told the fee, paid it and then asked if we would be happy to gift aid the fee. We agreed to this, but I only found out later that the fee was actually less without gift aid. My issue here is that we weren't asked, not that the company want to claim the tax element back. I think this was rather underhand.

Visited June 2014
3 Thank Visitor987
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“Lovely garden but don't get me started about the cafe!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

The garden is lovely but if they want people to spend time - and money - here they need to get the cafe sorted out. We waited ages, as had other tables, to order our coffee. It took half an hour to come. We returned for lunch about 1.30 to find people sitting at empty, or uncleared tables, with no food in sight. After we ordered people on a neighbouring table told us they had already waited three quarters of an hour and nothing had yet appeared. So, it was another long wait for what turned out to be a mediocre lunch of quiche with an unimaginative salad of iceberg lettuce, tasteless tomatoes and cucumber with a dollop of what appeared to be bought-in-a-bucket coleslaw. Then, no one staffing the till when we wanted to pay. Later spoke to some other people who had visited before and suggested our experience was not unusual. My advice is avoid the cafe: Have coffee somewhere nice en route and take a picnic to enjoy in the beautiful, and well worth a visit, garden.

Visited June 2014
3 Thank ExeterBunny
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