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Tranquil

Feels like you are in the middle of the countryside, love the layout and pathways which take you to... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2022
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Beautiful gardens

I got a bus from Glasgow to visit the gardens, a but if trek from the main road, as made a mistake... read more

Reviewed 18 July 2021
hairdy
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 April 2022

Feels like you are in the middle of the countryside, love the layout and pathways which take you to little oasis of calm, many people took their coffee/ teas outside into the garden area at the back of the house. It was lovely to see families using the space and the cafe provide little picnic baskets for children to put their snacks in . Cakes were a bit pricey but I suppose a lot of places are.
Disappointing that the house was not open both times we have been , no information on why this is .

Date of experience: March 2022
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Reviewed 4 August 2021 via mobile

After passing this place many times in the past and wondering what it was like and reading such good reviews, we were expecting something fabulous, as its run by NTS but we were so disappointed.
The gardens are a mess and looks so run down, the memorial benches are in such a state, flowers/plants were dead, it has a strange layout for a garden, it felt like a community garden not a formal garden which we were expecting. The only thing worth seeing was the fountain/statue.
There was no info boards around and benches in the weirdest of places, unsupervised kids running around squealing and only house tours on a sunday to name a few things that has questioned whether being an NTS member is actually worth while, as we wouldnt have been happy if we paid the admission fee being asked. Dont think we will be back here!

Date of experience: August 2021
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Reviewed 19 July 2021 via mobile

I got a bus from Glasgow to visit the gardens, a but if trek from the main road, as made a mistake of going past the orivate road where there is an back entrabce to the gardens. I had a very heavy rucksack, and was completely worn out, however although the entrance is a big barn the young lady wasnt keen for me to leave it there, out of the way. Not very welcoming and seemed very bored! The gardens you first see by the the grand House are very impressive, then a small section of gardens to the rear. The water sculpture is beautiful though. As it was Autumn the leaves were very beautiful, and the gardens had a private and secret feel to it when no one else arpund

Date of experience: October 2020
1  Thank hairdy
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Reviewed 14 July 2021

Visited yesterday using out National Trust card, had never heard about it, stunning mid sized gardens in middle of countryside, but only 5 mins from nearby towns etc.

Vey pleasant staff, lovely cafe serving the usual great scones etc.

Seems like a perfect place for the kids to have a picnic and a play on the lawn, we particularly liked the poppy beds and the beautiful 30's sculpture entitled "Foam".

There are woodland walks outside as well, will definitely come back in Spring to see the daffodils, a true hidden gem.

Strange to thing that something so lovely was created out of the profits of addiction and human slavery

Date of experience: July 2021
Thank davecullen6
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Reviewed 31 May 2021

Can’t get enough of this relaxing walled garden. I’ve been here half a dozen times during lockdown and counting. Something about this garden makes me feel comfortable, as if visiting close friends, though the scale and the many garden benches strategically dotted around the garden, plus the labelled plants and trees anchor me in the reality of a National Trust for Scotland garden. The clever layout of paths broad enough to accommodate families with young children and those who like to amble along give this magical space breathing room for all to enjoy at the pace they prefer. The walled garden itself (there is a surrounding woodland area that’s extensive, great for walks with fuzzy friends) you can view in less than an hour, but the children find the winding paths, secret corners and crannies, hedges and floral avenues irresistible for escaping their parent’s eye. At the same time the enclosed “outdooor rooms” are just the right size so there’s no worry of really getting lost. There are two main parts, one with a manicured lawn and very trim-looking yew trees, with gorgeous sun. The other part of the garden has several “outdoor rooms” with beds hedged with boxwood, a delicate alpine garden, a lavish display of bergenia (a Greenbank speciality), plus a section that I believe has plants being grown for climate hardiness comparison purposes. Here and there are outdoor sculptures. A water feature hidden away. Sometimes plants are for sale in the courtyard. Hot drinks and snacks are available, outdoor seating. A mini-break in the form of a garden. Go, go! Did I mention there‘s a sundial?

Date of experience: May 2021
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