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Cascades Gardens

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Clatterway, Bonsall, Matlock DE4 2AH, England
+44 1629 822813
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A true delight!

First day of our mini-break away. Found this place from a leaflet at our hotel, and such a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jamie P
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Rude owner,shut door in our face instead of discussing a small isssue,dont pay up front

This was a lovely place until the owner was unwilling to discuss a small issue and shut the door in... read more

Reviewed May 14, 2018
karenh272016
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Cascades Gardens is a beautiful and interesting garden to visit in Derbyshire, in the historic village of Bonsall near Matlock. Ideal for garden enthusiasts, plantsmen and for those who just want to relax in the beautiful natural surroundings and visit a garden in Derbyshire and the Peak District. Come and explore this fascinating garden which originates from the 18th century and surrounds the ruins of a corn mill, with pond and mill race, canal and an old lead mine. Cascades gardens is set on many levels with a new "garden room" around every corner-perennial flower beds, roses, waterside planting and alpine and conifer rockeries. There is a great view from the cliff top path. Every season brings new surprises with hosts of snowdrops, hellebores, hosta, daffodils, unusual perennial flowers, shrubs, trees and conifers. A wide range of plants in the garden are available for sale in the nursery. The informal gardens have been designed to blend in with the spectacular natural landscape of rocks, cliffs and woodland. The Bonsall brook runs through the garden and flows over the ruined corn mill and many waterfalls which gives the house it's name. In the winter the water can be a torrent and in the summer a gentle trickle. Group visits are most welcome and refreshments for groups can be made available by prior arrangement. Talks are given by Alan Clements, the owner, to clubs and societies. Please contact us for details The historic village of Bonsall has many old buildings, and is a great place to walk in the hills. It has two attractive old pubs that offer a warm welcome and serve good food.
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Clatterway, Bonsall, Matlock DE4 2AH, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

First day of our mini-break away. Found this place from a leaflet at our hotel, and such a surprise! Couldn't believe a small piece of Eden could exist just off of a main road! Could spend hours there!

1  Thank Jamie P
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

This was a lovely place until the owner was unwilling to discuss a small issue and shut the door in our face. Avoid at all costs unless you don't mind give this rude man money for a poor serviceMore

3  Thank karenh272016
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Alan C, Owner at Cascades Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Glad you found Cascades Gardens to be a lovely place. Most of our guests appreciate our friendly , relaxing B&B with a wonderful 4 acre peaceful meditation garden. At Cascades we are always happy to help our guests and do our best to provide them...More

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Reviewed 10 May 2018

Lovely gardens - good welcome by owner but charged £2 for coffee or tea and we had to make it ourselves. Not what we expectedMore

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Alan C, Owner at Cascades Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2018

Good to see you, and glad to hear you thought the garden was lovely. Inspired by Japanese gardens and eastern philosophy most people find our garden the perfect place to relax and reflect with the sound of all the waterfalls and beautiful natural setting. Our...More

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Reviewed 6 May 2018

Visited Cascades May Bank Holiday 2018. Its charm lies in the use of different viewing points from changing perspectives and heights, with brief notes to point out significant seasonal planting. The water, different levels, shade and saesonal planting all provide a peaceful relaxing setting. Beautiful...More

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Reviewed 27 April 2018

Not your normal garden, if you expect lawns,flowers and shrubs this place is not for you.There are small untidy parts where weeds can be seen,but that is the nature of the place.It is not a manicured garden The garden has water features, sculptures(with eastern influence)...More

Thank onholidayalways
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Alan C, Owner at Cascades Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2018

Thanks for visiting Cascades Gardens I have tried hard to create a natural garden and so there are deliberately no straight lines in the design. With 4 acres of rocks and cliffs and waterfalls manicured is not an option. The 10 seats positioned in the...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

We visited these gardens today with friends. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The gardens aren’t big but are beautifully laid out and there are benches where you can sit and meditate. We walked up to the top of the cliff and it was...More

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

This small garden needs to be taken slowly. There are a dozen benches to sit on and contemplate and five minutes on each gives a really relaxing experience. It is not surprising to learn that the owner/creator of the garden was influenced by contemplation and...More

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Reviewed 26 March 2018

My partner and spent over an hour at Cascades Gardens at the end of March 2018. It is a very lovingly thought garden space out with 10 viewing platforms/benches around for you to spend time sitting in a very tranquil and relaxing way. The garden...More

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Reviewed 2 September 2017

Visited on 30th August. So much smaller than the pictures suggest and no tumbling waterfalls. Couldn't see the clifftop path with wonderful views and nobody there to ask, just me and the cat! Such a disappointment and only average plants to see.I have visited far...More

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Alan C, Owner at Cascades Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2017

Sorry to hear of your disappointment. The Garden is indisputably 4 acres, 2 acres of woodland and clifftop paths and 2 acres of rockery, stream and borders packed with thousands of plants. Over 20 years we have made a huge collection of different trees, shrubs,...More

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Reviewed 15 August 2017

Paid £5 (EACH!!) for a 10 minute walk around a very underwhelming garden. • Sickly looking plant specimens. • Loads of poorly planted areas with little thought to successional planting. • Large compost heap randomly dumped between viewing area. • Broken chimney pots with cheap...More

2  Thank JonMB67
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Alan C, Owner at Cascades Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2017

I am puzzled to get such an unreasonably negative review following so many recent positive reviews with words like beautiful, stunning, amazing, fascinating, unique, spiritual and heaven of a garden to wander around. We have thousands of visitors every year that are inspired by our...More

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terryandjudy
19 March 2016|
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Response from Alan C | Property representative |
Hi, our garden open every year 1 April to end September. Opening hours are 11am-5.30pm every day, except Fridays.
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