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“Very disappointing”
Review of Minterne Gardens

Minterne Gardens
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

"Gardens" is a misnomer. This is a (very expensive) woodland walk. As other reviewers have said, it is unkempt and, consequently, the times of the year when it is interesting are very limited. Right now (August) it is dull. For my £5 I would have expected more that the faded photos that appear on the tumbledown signposts. These photos indicate that the rhododendron season would be the right time to visit. Outside this period -- unless they make an effort to de-weed the ponds and make the gravel paths safer -- I would not bother. Strangely, not a bird in this woodland was heard to sing. Maybe they know something that we don't !

2  Thank Nicholas B
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Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

We visited after the rhododendrons had gone over but there is still so much to see and wander around it's a beautiful and calming place to visit

Thank Daniel H
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Sadly when we visited at the end of June, we had missed all the rhododendrons and azaleas which would have been amazing and given lots of lovely colour. I would recommend checking what plants there are to see before visiting. We thoroughly enjoyed our walk but would call it more of a walk around an arboretum than a garden. We did not meet any other visitors and it was a very peaceful afternoon – stopping every now and again to take in the plants and views.
As mentioned by previous reviewers – give the toilets a miss!

1  Thank Lorelei2
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

We have visited this garden many times over the past few years. However, a few days ago we had a poor experience there. We noted a number of projects underway to improve the circuit around the gardens (no doubt costing an appreciable amount of money) but noted also that the weeds around the lower ponds continued to increase ...Mare's Tail in particular, which has been spreading during recent years with no clear signs of attempted control. However, of real concern was the disgusting state of the toilets provided for paying visitors. They were absolutely filthy, poorly maintained and could pose a health hazard to users..

3  Thank David G
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

We visited the gardens with some friends whilst walking in the area. After paying our £5 each to go in we toured the 1.5 mile path through some attractive gardens with the area around the ponds and brook the most attractive. The gardens aren't in any way manicured but planted and left to develop in a natural way. There are no catering or other facilities here and the advertised toilet we found was disgusting! Aside from that we had a pleasant visit and a lovely picnic on the lawns overlooking the lake.

Thank Clive480077
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