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Samares Manor, St. Clement

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4/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
Samarès Manor is a manor house with medieval origins in the Vingtaine de Samarès, in the parish of St. Clement in Jersey, and is the traditional home of the Seigneur de Samarès. The name Samarès is an old French word meaning salt-marsh, and much of the low-lying surrounding areas are or were coastal marshes.The gardens are open to the public from April until October.HistoryThe oldest part of the house is the undercroft thought to be a crypt dedicated to Saint Martha, dating from the 11th or 12th century. Today, the west-wing of the manor house is above the undercroft. The original building, possibly a chapel, which once stood above the crypt is no longer present.The manor house is a H-plan building with a number of Tudor arched windows on the ground floor.The round colombier (dovecote) is believed to be the oldest in Jersey and may date to as early as the 12th century.The present gardens were first created in the 1920s by Sir James Knott who bought the manor in 1924. This substantial work included re-claiming the salt marsh area near the manor.On the 12 June 2009, the manor's grounds were used by the BBC as a location for filming an episode of Antiques Roadshow.FarmSamarès Manor farm lies directly to east of the manor house. Many of the buildings are now used as self-catering accommodation.
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  • After an excellent lunch at the café we spent an enjoyable afternoon in the gardens. Particularly enjoyed reading about the different herbs & their uses. I would like to visit again at different time ...  read more »
  • A fantastic place to go and visit the house and wonderful gardens and fabulous tea rooms. I have reviewed the gardens and tea rooms before and you will see by my reviews how much my wife and I just lo...  read more »
  • We were pleasantly surprised by the variety packed into these gardens. They are not huge just a 14 acre site. There are educational bits as well as just nice gardens very well labelled and explained g...  read more »
  • The gardens are beautiful and varied, and the café has a great selection of cakes! The entrance fee is a bit high for what it is though
  • Beautiful grounds, and great food at the café. Worth the visit if you like plants and flowers and stuff.
  • Samares Manor Tea Rooms - Food - Amazing with good portions and the Lavendar Homemade Lemonade was delicious. Acoustics - Sat inside which only had a few tables in. Could hear ok until the assistant needed to make a smoothie with the blender! There are lots of tables under cover outside. I would give is 8/10 because of the food but acoustics not great. Soft Furnishings: None Lighting: Good Date of Visit - August 2014
  • Nice gardens, although I imagine we would have enjoyed it a bit more if the weather had been better! Also attended a talk and guided tour of the herb gardens during our visit which was really well done, and very interesting. I understand that the cafe here is quite well regarded, but we had other plans so just had a quick cup of tea on the terrace. I imagine on a nice day this would be a nice spot to come for lunch.
  • Very nice gardens. We also ate in the café & found the food to be top notch.
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