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Review of Minterne Gardens

Minterne Gardens
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Reviewed 7 June 2018

What a very pleasant surprise these gardens are, flowers, trees and lakes, the like of which I was seeing for the first time. All in the amazing Himalayan garden you will want to spend an hour or more here, exploring the grounds. Although the house is not open to the public as far as I could see, you will be able to rest your feet and enjoy a tea and cake at the small area to the side of the building. The house is just outside of Dorchester parking can be limited, and is opposite to the entrance. Currently there is an entrance fee of £6 unless you are a member of the RHS.

Thank 800George
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

Lovely tranquil garden. Rhododendrons and azaleas were spectacular. Bit of a dull day so cafe closed early so could not eat lunch. If you like gardens good little gem to visit. Takes about an hour to wak round.

Thank Amanda O
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Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

Beautiful walk in the garden, so very pretty in the sunshine.. and the best white chocolate and raspberry muffin I’ve ever had!! Stunning scenery.

Thank Erin L
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Reviewed 20 May 2018

Brilliant sunny Sunday in late May, and a fabulous display of Himalayan blooms. Azaleas, Rhododendrons, etc, and some are wonderfully scented which pervaded the whole gardens. The walk is well sign posted with the names of the plants and trees, complete with illustrations . Enjoy a stroll around the gardens, and then make for the terrace outside the house, which overlooks the garden. Try one of the home made fruit scones with cream and jam, washed down with a great cup of coffee. What a way to spend a spring afternoon.

Thank Brian S
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

On a walking tour we passed by the estate and read in our guide that with sunny weather the terrace and restaurant would be open for tea in April. However, despite the beautiful weather the place was closed, but the toilet vehicle was open. Without the flowering Rhododendrons you can admire the 300 year old bushes and trees, but the beauty really depends on the right season. I feel that lower entry rates should apply when the gardens are not in bloom.
The driveway is closed for vehicles,; you can park them in front of the family church.

Thank huys25
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