Welcome to Cascades Gardens: a garden to visit in Derbyshire and Bed and Breakfast accommodation

Cascades Gardens is a garden to visit in Derbyshire near Matlock with unique and charming B&B accommodation near Chatsworth.

Cascades Gardens is a fascinating and spectacular 4 acre public garden, with a ruined corn mill, canal, stream, cliff and many waterfalls. Every season brings new surprises with hosts of snowdrops, hellebores, daffodils and unusual perennial flowers, trees, shrubs and conifers.Many of the plants are available in our plant nursery

Luxury Bed and Breakfast ideal for Leisure breaks in Derbyshire

The Cascades, our bed and breakfast in Derbyshire, is quietly located, elegant and distinctive, with a wealth of special features from the owners travels to Tibet, India, China and Tanzania. Ideal for a relaxing Derbyshire leisure break, you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District and the historic Chatsworth House while you stay in our charming and comfortable bed and breakfast in Derbyshire.

Our well appointed rooms all have seperate luxury bathrooms (the Garden Suite has a spa bath for two!) and are extremely comfortable with everything you could wish for. Telephone us now to book for a great relaxing holiday in the Derbyshire countryside.

Cascades Gardens’ secluded and quiet location, luxurious furnishings and warm welcome make it perfect for honeymoons or romantic breaks in Derbyshire.

Our family run B&B is located in the village of Bonsall, just outside Matlock close to Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. The house, which dates back to 1823 is full of character, and our fascinating 4 acre public garden make us truly unique Peak District Accommodation.


Cascades Gardens, Derbyshire – a haven of peace

derbyshire-gardens-to-visitI bought the Cascades house and the surrounding land in 1996. The idea for the garden began that summer when I visited Eheiji a Zen Buddhist monastery (Temple of Eternal Peace) in the western Alps of Japan. I was only allowed to stay there by agreeing to follow the practices of a Zen priest and found myself in meditation sessions at 4 am daily and in other rituals. Importantly, I was able to view the formal monastery gardens set in woodland. It was a deeply spiritual place. On the way back, down to Kyoto, I visited Daitoku-ji monastery and had green tea with the Abbot. I sat by the famous garden of the sub temple Daisen In. I was greatly inspired by its rocks, representing mountains and raked sand – a river. I always felt that the Cascades had the potential to have the natural calmness and spirituality of these Japanese gardens and in 2015 the new conifer rockery was created with a raked gravel path and rocks rising up to the natural cliff. Continue reading

Cascades Gardens inspired by Japanese Gardens

Daisen Inn, Kyoto, JapanIn the Summer of 1996 in the same year that I bought The Cascades, I visited Kyoto, Japan. I wanted to re-visit one of the most famous and inspiring gardens The Daisen In, at Daitoku-ji Monastery. I arranged to sit with the Abbot at 8.30am to have a tea ceremony and discussion with him on the meditation platform beside the garden. I admired the miniature garden of rocks, raked gravel and miniature trees representing a mountain valley and river going under a stone bridge and was inspired. I was fascinated and my spirit uplifted by the peaceful representation of a mountain valley.

The aim of a Japanese garden is typically to create a representation of nature in which human involvement is concealed and the garden at Daisen In was a superb example.

Cascades Gardens already has a beautiful natural setting of cliffs, stream, waterfalls and woodland. We don’t have to invent nature but try to manage and enhance it. The garden is designed to blend into the natural landscape. Continue reading


Please note the road from Cromford to Bonsall is closed.  Ignore the diversion sign pointing right and go up Cromford Hill turning right and right again to Middleton Village, and following the Via Gellia to Bonsall.

Hellebore Fortnight
1st – 14th March

Hellebores Gallery 8
  • See our Hellebore collection in flower in the garden. 
  • Hellebores for sale in the nursery.

Garden Opening Times

Garden open everyday from 1st March to 30th September, 10am until 5:00pm

The garden can be viewed by arrangement any time throughout the year.
Group visits welcome. Talks Given.

Adults: £5.00 / Season Tickets: £12.00
Children (under 12): Free

Dogs on a lead are welcome.

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