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“A really lovely garden with a wonderful restaurant”

Stockton Bury Gardens
Ranked #5 of 19 things to do in Leominster
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Bath, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“A really lovely garden with a wonderful restaurant”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

We visited Stockton Bury whilst en route to Ludlow and found it a real oasis. Not only were the gardens beautiful (and still very much in bloom in spite of this year's hot dry Summer) but the shady tables near the orchard were the perfect spot for a late lunch. Many garden cafes don't offer much choice but Stockton Bury's menu was quite extensive and the locally-sourced, homemade food was delicious.

Once fortified we ventured out into the gardens and spent a good hour exploring the many different areas. The Dingle was especially beautiful as was the new Pillar Garden, but the entire garden is lovely and offers plenty of inspiration. The gardens make the most of their setting on an ancient farm, which is still used for traditional mixed farming. In fact, you can buy the lamb produced on site as well as many of the plants found in the garden.

Stockton Bury is now the official garden of The English Garden magazine so it is used for photo shoots as well as trials (they were testing fertilisers when we visited). So if you are a garden lover Stockton Bury is a must-see. Even if you aren't, their Tithe Barn Restaurant is well worth a stop for lunch or tea in a lovely location.

Visited July 2014
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English first
Hereford, UK
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Must see”
Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

A wonderful place to visit. Something different to see around each corner. Loved the secret garden.
The restaurant serves delicious, locally sourced food at a reasonable cost. We had coffee and pecan cake on arrival and after a walk around the gardens had home made mushroom quiche with salad and locally made ice cream.
Many of the plants you see are available to purchase at the sale area and advice on where to plant and care is freely given. All-in-all a lovely day!

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Hereford, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
554 reviews
298 attraction reviews
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“A rare plantsmans' garden on a grand scale”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

It is not often that you find a garden on this scale with so much imagination. Stockton Bury is a working farm but much has been given over to a vibrant and colourful series of garden rooms based around the old courtyard, incorporating otherwise redundant buildings
Imagine a set of individual great gardens, each leading you on to the next. There are surprises along the way with a jacuzzi Roman temple, a new garden room, a (very) secret garden and a folly grotto. But there's more, much more.
The planting is sublime with huge, colourful boarders, Island beds, trees, clematis, and views beyond. It is a fascinating garden and one of the best private gardens in England. But then there's the lunches! Imaginative lunches with fresh ingredients served from the great barn. This is a superb garden with everything you could ever wish for

Visited July 2014
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Hay-on-Wye, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Beautiful garden”
Reviewed 22 May 2014

I went with a group of fellow garden enthusiasts last week to these gardens and the day was made perfect by bright sunshine which showed the plants off to their full advantage. Late Spring / early Summer is certainly a good time to walk round the beautifully planted sloping garden which the present owner's uncle created. Obviously it was a work of love with well planned and interesting aspects and a wide variety of unusual plants. This is definitely a garden I will visit again, perhaps in the Autumn. The on site barn offers delicious cakes and lunches too.

Visited May 2014
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Leicestershire
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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“Very well kept gardens”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

Quite informal gardens but beautifully kept. They were a bit like individual rooms leading off the main lawned area. Don't miss the 'secret garden' - the lady who sold the tickets told us where to find it otherwise we'd never have known it was there.

Visited May 2014
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