Welcome to Cascades Gardens, a garden for Meditation and Wellbeing. A garden to visit in Derbyshire and Bed and Breakfast accommodation.

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

Cascades Gardens is a very beautiful and natural 4 acre public garden. Listed by the Daily Mail as one of Britains most inspiring Spring gardens it is designed around a spectacular landscape with a ruined corn mill, old quarry, canal, cliff and stream. Every season brings new surprises with hellebores, unusual perennial flowers, trees, shrubs and conifers. Inspired by Japanese gardens and Buddhist philosophy Cascades Gardens is a celebration of Nature a  perfect place to find peace of mind, to relax and reflect.

Refreshments are available. A wide range of plants are available in our nursery

Stylish 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, comfortable 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

Cascades Gardens. A celebration of nature- beautiful and soothing

When I get a Trip Advisor review of the garden that claims that my garden is average and that I have weeds in the garden, I realise how much we all have a different view of gardening.I have long since vowed that I would never have a lawn that showed perfectly cut edges or lawn mower stripes, and always said that I would make the most of flowering weeds. Cascades Gardens Spring 1

Tulips at cascades entrance April 2016.  There is nothing average about the unique landscape of the 4 acre Cascades Gardens. With an 80 foot cliff, streams, canal and pond and an acre of wild woodland- of course it has weeds!. Actually the woodland has a fabulous array of red, white and blue wild flowers and plants at the moment (campian,foreget me not and buttercup included) which looks beautiful.

Yesterday we had a gardening group  from Alveston on a garden tour of Derbyshire. All were passionate experienced gardeners that had been to many of the gardens in Britain. They were all saying the same thing. “We have visited Chatsworth, Renishaw and Hardwick Hall gardens and this is the best garden we have seen on our trip.It is natural and doesn’t look as if someone famous has designed it. It is understandable to us with plants we feel comfortable with, and plantings that we can do in our own garden” Continue reading

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 to the public from 1st March to 30th September, 10am until 5:00pm

Last entry 4pm

Group visits also welcome. Talks and Workshops given.

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

Dogs on a lead are welcome.

Garden Workshop Calendar

1. Gardening with Nature- a garden for peace and reflection.


2. Planting in moisture and semi shade conditions.