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Beautiful setting

A relatively modern house with a very interesting past and a decidedly interesting architecture... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jan G
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Exeter, United Kingdom
Haven of tranquillity

Vibrant Autumn colour in an interesting and informative garden. Very peaceful with lots to see and... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2018
enjoytoeat1
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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

I bought a 2 for 1 voucher off the internet. Its £5 for adults and free for children up to 16, so we paid 5 pounds for both of us. They are very trusting as no one was on the entrance. We had a lovely walk round. Its very peaceful and we were glad we went on a quiet day. Its set in beautiful surrounds. Make sure you read all the information on the way round it is very interisting. Its quite a smooth path so if you have mobility issues you wd be okay as long as you went easy. No huge hills or anything. Take a picnic. It also advertises weddings etc. It is a lovely setting. Probably just for a couple of hours but you can take a picnic and enjoy the lovely view over the lake.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

I get the impression that I chose the wrong season to visit. In the summer the main colour is from hydrangeas. Apart from that the main attraction is the tranquility. I will return in the autumn when maybe the acers will be more colourful and again in the spring when the rhododendrons are in bloom. Lots of information boards around the gardens, a feature which I liked. A tea & cakes set up exists which was very basic and a mix of good and bad. The cake was excellent but the tea was just a tea bag in a cup, no teapot! But the views from the terrace made up for that.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Grant B
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Geoff M, Social Media Manager at Minterne Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2016

Thank-you for taking the time to visit and review Minterne House and Gardens. We were very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your trip.

As you quite rightly point out; the hydrangeas are the 'star of the show' in summer. Indeed the autumn colours are absolutely stunning, as are the rhododendrons in Spring. We would love for you to come back to Minterne at these times and let us know your thoughts.

The unspoilt tranquility of Minterne is definitely one of its best assets and we have received numerous good reviews concerning the information boards.

It is shame that you felt the tea and cakes were a mixture of good and bad. Following your comments we will look at the possibility of adding pots of tea to the menu. it is reassuring to know that the views made up for this though!

Once again, many thanks for your comments, we always welcome the opportunity to find improvements and we warmly welcome you to revisit later in the year.

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Reviewed 31 July 2016

Beautifully laid out Himalayan gardens incorporating a wide variety of mature trees and shrubs accessed by level paths. Fascinating, different and quiet. Well worth a visit.
Entry £5 per person via honesty box.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Geoff M, Social Media Manager at Minterne Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2016

Thank-you for your lovely review of Minterne. We were delighted to hear that you found it fascinating, different and quiet. Please do visit again.

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Reviewed 21 July 2016

We spent a beautiful sunny Sunday morning visiting these gardens. There are stunning flower beds around the house and lovely views and it all just gets better and better as you follow the shady path down to the river past fields of sheep and out into the sun again. So many trees, shrubs and plant varieties, plus waterfalls and benches to sit on with lovely vistas. Truly stunning. Wish we lived nearer and could visit often!

Date of experience: July 2016
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Geoff M, Minterne House Head of Online Marketing at Minterne Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2016

Thank-you so much for your review. If possible, we would like to quote it on our website; please contact us if you would prefer us not to.
The flower beds are now in full bloom, a wonderful welcome as visitors pass the house!
Those of us that live and work at Minterne feel lucky to do so. We do occasionally have job and house vacancies nearby so do keep an eye out!
In any case we look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

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Reviewed 23 June 2016

As with the previous reviews, you cannot help but be amazed at how beautiful this park garden is with the stunning house in the background. The walk takes you down to a small river with little bridges and waterfalls. The variety of rhodedendrons and hostas towered over with Gunnera is quite lovely. Its so quiet here the bird song is all around you. Best of all at the end was the lovely afternoon tea with bone china cups. There is a very pretty church next door to the entrance which is also well worth a visit.

Date of experience: June 2016
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Geoff M, Social Media Manager at Minterne Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2016

Thank-you for your kind review of Minterne Gardens. We were delighted to hear that enjoyed the rhododendrons, hostas, gunnera, bridges, waterfalls and, of course, the peace and quiet.
Visitors are most welcome to explore the local church (St Andrews). Donations for its upkeep are very gratefully received.

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