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Caerau Uchaf Gardens

Snowdonia National Park, Bala LL23 7LG, Wales
+44 1678 530493
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Beautiful surroundings to while away a few hours

I met some friends here with there 1 year old for some tea, cake and a wander. We weren’t... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
daniani85
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Essex
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Pleasant surprise

After my wife and I enjoyed our daily stroll around the lake. We took off to these gardens. What a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
bam1965
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Open Gardens and Woodland Playground . Caerau Uchaf has the highest private garden open to the public in North Wales at over 1000 ft. We are Toby and Stephanie Hickish, who started building the gardens from scratch in 1994. They were a sideline to our garden design business and have been added to over the years. The cafe has become a significant part of the whole thing and we aim to produce really good home cooked lunches as well as Stephanie's great cakes. We also sell gifts and plants. Caerau Gardens and Cafe is open from Thursdays to Monday’s incl. from 10.00am until 5.00 pm. Dogs are welcome, we have two of our own who will willingly show you around the gardens. There is plenty of space to explore and quite a few unusual plants. Up in the woodland there is a wooden fort and a zip wire. Children of all ages can spend hours creating and enjoying their own games. If the weather is cooler we have a large room with a wood burner where you can enjoy great coffee and lovely food!
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  • Very good14%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Snowdonia National Park, Bala LL23 7LG, Wales
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I met some friends here with there 1 year old for some tea, cake and a wander. We weren’t disappointed. Delicious cake and hot drinks, very friendly and kind owners and beautiful gardens to meander through. We particularly enjoyed the trampoline and hammock and loved...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After my wife and I enjoyed our daily stroll around the lake. We took off to these gardens. What a charming place with so much work gone into them. Started to rain so had to leave but will return

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summersgardens, Owner at Caerau Uchaf Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We would love to welcome you back. Sorry about the weather which I assume rated us as four stars? Hoping for a five next time you visit!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a couple of hours strolling round the gardens. Loved the wild flower areas with mown path. The owners dogs joined us which was great fun. There are several areas to view and woodland paths back to the house. Great views too. I am...More

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Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Wonderful walk through beautiful gardens with fun swing and trampoline, friendly and fun resident dogs and beyond stunning landscapes to admire. Lovely way to spend an afternoon.

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Reviewed 25 September 2017

We've had a holiday home in Bala all summer and only came across this place this last weekend. What a shame - it's the most wonderful find! Although it's the end of the season and gardens are not at their best, we thoroughly enjoyed our...More

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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

I cannot rate this place highly enough. What a special place! The gardens are truly beautiful and plenty of space to explore. I loved the home from home feel that the owners provided. We had afternoon tea and some other bits and bobs which were...More

Thank Melissa D
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

A tranquil place to visit, with pretty 'rooms' and lovely views into and out of the garden We walked here and found it a lovely place to discover.

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Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

A fantastic garden with loads to see and a great walk through the woods, I could sit and look over the hills for hours, it's so peaceful. Slightly disappointed by the food from the cafe as it wasn't the best tasting and it was over...More

1  Thank Chris T
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summersgardens, Owner at Caerau Uchaf Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Thank you for your review, glad you liked the gardens. I do remember you, I believe you had 2 soups at £4.75 each including very fresh homemade bread? I'm sorry you weren't impressed, that always upsets me because we try hard to do lovely food,...More

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Reviewed 31 July 2017

We were more than happy with our visit and pleased that we made the time to see the gardens before we left Bala. Even our teenage son (less than eager to see another garden) had a blast jumping on the sunken trampoline and exploring the...More

Thank Shannon P
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Reviewed 27 July 2017

This is not the usual formal garden (we had just come from Chirk Castle), but a very personal one developed over 20 + years by Toby and Stephanie Hichish. Although relatively small it is full of surprises and enjoys fantastic views over Bala and the...More

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summersgardens, Owner at Caerau Uchaf Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2017

Thank you very much for your comments, we explained that we had given you an old brochure in fact it was printed in 2010 so that probably explains the £1.50 price hike, we keep family ticket prices down as much as possible and actually, if...More

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Amy M
29 March 2018|
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Response from Hickish | Property representative |
Plenty of free parking, you can walk into town from here too! We charge £4.50 per child for Softplay and this also includes a meal in our cafe. Look forward to seeing you soon. Toby and Stephanie
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Nicole W
25 August 2016|
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Response from Jane E | Reviewed this property |
Yes but no sure how much.
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Mufcjane
15 August 2015|
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Response from Hickish | Property representative |
Hello, Yes the gardens are dog friendly. There is plenty of room to exercise your dogs and they are allowed into the cafe area as well
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