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Samares Manor, St. Clement

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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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  • Decided to visit after reading the reviews on here. I have to say £9.50 p/p was a lot of money for a garden only and then an extra £3.95 on top to view the house. You are limited to time of house view...  more »
  • The Botanical Gardens at Samarès Manor are delightful. If you are in a hurry, you can see all there is to see in about an hour and a half. If you want to savour the beauty, a whole day is not enough. ...  more »
  • We visited this garden on a lovely sunny morning, and had a good walk around. A shame to see the water in the pond so murky and with so much duck weed. Lovely water lilies though. The walled garden wa...  more »
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  • Gardens ready for a re-birth but restaurant is fabulous. House is great with a really good talk and tour.
  • Lovely gardens, nice cafe. Well worth a visit
  • Beautiful grounds, and great food at the café. Worth the visit if you like plants and flowers and stuff.
  • 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
  • Lovely manor with a beautiful garden, where you can find lots of different flowers and all kinds of herbs.