The colours of the rhododendrons were stunning and the pond and lake areas were peaceful and well laid out. Needed some gravel or shail around some paths as they were very slippery. The lady that took the money/tea shop was quite rude. Before our walk, we purchased a coffee and asked if we could purchase some sandwiches for lunch and have them wrapped, to take around the gardens and sit and enjoy in the beautiful surroundings. She told us, abruptly, we could, "provided the litter got taken home"! Firstly, we had no intention of leaving our litter and secondly, we take exception to the insinuation that we might. Needless to say, we didn't bother and will not be revisiting in the future. Incidently, the young girl serving the coffee was very polite.
Ramster was once my home; to be able to grow up there for the first 14 years of my life was such a wonderful gift, I will forever keep the beauty of the gardens in my mind as well as my heart and I hope to return there to see the gardens again some day.
We missed the azaleas and Rhodies, but the garden is still a wonderful place to visit in early June. Such gigantic trees! Well laid-out for all degrees of mobility and energy, and the tea-house is superb. What lucky children of the estate, to grow up with that as their playground!
Beautiful garden - only reason we give the 4 stars is that we took our grandson there for an Easter Egg hunt- , but when we set out after lunch half the hiding places were empty - a little disappointing - still had a good time, though .
We went for the embroidery exhibition but the gardens were magnificent, with almost everything in flower from bluebells to rhododendrons. Quite a surprise so early in the month. Unfortunately we saw the exhibition before lunch and were disappointed and hungry to find that they were no longer making sandwiches at 2.20pm. so be warned and have your lunch early.
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