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Caerau Uchaf Gardens

Snowdonia National Park, Bala LL23 7LG, Wales
+44 1678 530493
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An oasis of calm

An interesting and quirky garden situated just outside Bala. Not a huge acreage, so easy to get... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kerrycyclist
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Wirral
Made to feel very welcome

We arrived at 3pm with an 8 year old, an 11 year old and a puppy and were made to feel extremely... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Eleanor B
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Glasgow
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Snowdonia National Park, Bala LL23 7LG, Wales
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Reviewed 3 days ago

An interesting and quirky garden situated just outside Bala. Not a huge acreage, so easy to get round. Plenty of carefully positioned seats. Lovely woodland too. Talk to Toby and Stephanie about what they have created from nothing over 23 years. If it's National Trust...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived at 3pm with an 8 year old, an 11 year old and a puppy and were made to feel extremely welcome, despite the fact there was a small flurry of visitors at the same time. The pretty cafe under a pergola served lovely...More

Thank Eleanor B
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summersgardens, Owner at Caerau Uchaf Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your very kind review. It’s lovely to feel appreciated!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

What an amazing find this was. The gardens are like something out of a story book .... little winding paths, hidden gardens, beautiful flowers and trees and the views are spectacular. Very dog friendly too. We also stayed for lunch and had the most delicious...More

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summersgardens, Owner at Caerau Uchaf Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

That’s lovely thank you so much, we remember you, hope to see you again! Toby and Stephanie X

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Reviewed 9 June 2018 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

Thank daniani85
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 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

Thank bam1965
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summersgardens, Owner at Caerau Uchaf Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2018

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 26 May 2018 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

Thank sheffieldcouple2
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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

1  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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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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