The TripAdvisor listing is a bit confusing as there is a B&B here, as well as the gardens. This is a review of the gardens.
We went to Cascades Gardens as part of a day trip to celebrate a special anniversary. Unfortunately within minutes of our arrival my wife had a tumble (nothing to do with the gardens, she has arthritis which makes her knees give way) and the staff were excellent and couldn't have been more helpful.
The gardens are on two levels - there's an upper level, up some steep steps which we weren't able to visit, and the main gardens. The main gardens aren't big, but are laid out to give a long 'circular' walk with lots of stopping off points with lovely vistas.
Do read the notice at the entrance which tells you about the philosophy and history of the garden which will help you enjoy them more.
Do explore the old lead mine in the nursery area - how far dare YOU go?
The owner explained how they are improving the garden to give a number of 'meditation areas' and how they are doing this with a local college.
We had excellent home made cake and tea in the courtyard (I'm not sure if this is all week, or a Sunday special). The cakes having been made by the owner's son!
As other reviewers noted - there's an honesty box at the entrance if the owner isn't there. There is a nursery selling plants from the garden at reasonable prices.
There is a large free public car park (unsurfaced) just beyond the entrance to the garden.
This is just the place to go for a couple of hours quiet reflection if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of Matlock or Matlock Bath!
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