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Review of Hunte's Gardens

Hunte's Gardens
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Owner description: You might hear this garden before you see it; its delightfully eccentric owner,Anthony Hunte BCH, plays classical music throughtout the garden. this is the working end of old Castle Grant plantation, where sugar cane was once processed into syrup. Step through the gate and you'll soon tread on the old weigh bridge, where loads of cane were tallied. Just past the old stone outbuildings, where statues lurk among exotic plants, you'll find yourself on the lip of a great, hemispherical sinkhole in the limestone substrate. Steps lead down and paths branch out through an exquisite profusion of flowering plants, with towering trees around the edges. Both here and farther along the top are a series of small secret gardens, where you can sit to absorb the serenity and enjoy a picnic. Be sure to climb the upper level steps to Mr. Hunte's house, a transformation of the old stables. He'll invite you for refreshments-including his legendary rum punch or freshly made lemonade (for sale)-on his glorious, antique studded verandah overlooking the garden. If you're lucky, he'll tell you tales, and you will surely leave with some of your own. If you're driving, follow the red and white signs that read Hunte's Gardens, from all over the island. Or, come by taxi. If you take the local bus from the Fairchild Street Bus Stand in Bridgetown it's #5 Sugar Hill Bus - Bds$2 each way.
Reviewed 9 December 2013

This place must be unique. Descend into the garden, find a seat, sit back and listen to operatic arias.

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Reviewed 7 December 2013

The gardens are a joy, the planting is amazing, such combinations of colour, structure, texture etc. The accompanying music completes the atmosphere. Anthony manages to make everyone feel like a special guest and friend, friendships are forged between guests (we had lunch with a delightful couple from Chile who we met there) and there's lots of laughter. What's not to like?

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Reviewed 2 December 2013

A breathtaking garden of delights. Magical! Anthony Hunte himself was there to welcome us, and the offer offer of a rum punch in a relaxing room full of an eclectic mix of historical artifacts added to the enjoyment of the exotic garden uniquely set in a natural bowl. Nothing to dislike.

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Reviewed 30 November 2013

Over most of Barbados, one will see arrow-signs with red letters on white pointing to “Hunte’s Gardens”. Don’t think you are close to the gardens just because you see a directional sign. And if you try to follow the signs, many are missing. Instead find the gardens on a map, somewhat north of the Wildlife Reserve. About half-a-mile off a major highway, you will find the gardens on the right. There is very little parking. A greeter may ring a bell to let Anthony Hunte know that someone else has arrived. After paying a reasonable entrance fee, you can wander down the sides of the depression in which Hunte has developed his gardens during the past decade. (The very tall, stately palms were there before he bought the property.) It is an intimate experience with topical flowers and plants of great beauty. Mr. Hunte welcomes visitors to his veranda, where he offers you some rum and will chat about anything. He took us up to a higher level in the garden where he is developing a small venue for chamber music concerts. Plan on spending about two hours in these beautiful few acres. We very much enjoyed our visit with Mr. Hunte and his beautiful gardens.

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Reviewed 29 November 2013

Truly amazing gardens created in the heart of Barbados. We visited in early November and were blown over by the tropical gardens created by Anthony Hunt. There's plenty to see in the gardens and took some great photographs of the plants and hummingbirds. After looking round the gardens the owner Anthony invited us for a rum punch in his house overlooking the sunken gardens and had a great time talking with him , his hospitality made the visit a real highlight of our holiday and will return , this place is a hidden gem to rival Kew Gardens -a must visit!!

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