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“One of the "Great" Gardens of Sussex”

Nymans Gardens and House
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

Being close to home, we visit fairly frequently. There is always something of interest, at all times of year, right through from the darkest and dankest days of winter. The gardeners must work enormously hard to make sure there are masses of flowers in every season.

The more formal gardens (though I use the term "formal" loosely, everywhere here is relaxed), are on a ridge, leading through various themes (heritage rose garden, dell garden, walled garden) to the mansion. Much of the mansion was burnt down in a fire in the 1950s, but some rooms were saved and are open on certain days. Near the mansion, there are extensive views southwards across the Weald to the South Downs. In recent years, the National Trust has also opened up the woodlands which form the bulk of the estate. These plunge steeply down into the valley. Amongst these woods, is the tallest tree in Sussex.

For those who can't walk very far, there are volunteer driven buggies, one which takes you round the gardens, and if it's not too muddy, another that takes you into the woodlands. The guides are informative, and are happy to stop so that you can get out and take photographs, admire the view etc. There is no charge for this service.

There is a self service restaurant, with both indoor and outdoor seating. We've found the hot meals are okay, but steer clear of the cakes and scones, which have (in our experience) always been virtually inedible, dry and stale. The shop is said to have one of the most extensive ranges for sale within the National Trust.

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Reviewed 9 March 2012

Nymans has something to offer whatever time of year you visit. Activities for children. Lovely views as well!

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Reviewed 4 September 2011

We had a lovely morning here. My daughter (and husband!) especially liked the woodland walk, with trees to climb, hammocks and a little outdoor theatre!

Thank Pds1
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Reviewed 27 August 2011

We visited these gardens recently and were impressed by the well kept attractions. Impressive range of plants, wonderful landscapes and views.
Before we left we visited the restaurant for tea. YUK! Foul tasting water, stale scones, poor service. We thought this must be a one-off bad experience so we went back again a week later. This time it was worse! Same foul tasting water, brown stale salads, stale bread. Really awful. What a shame. Such a nice place otherwise.

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Reviewed 20 August 2011

Nymans is absolutely beautiful, with different highlights each season. We have visited on each trip to England, and it is still stunning. The perennial borders, sunken garden, rose garden... there is something beautiful around every corner.

On our most recent trip in August 2011, they had expanded the grounds to include long secluded woodland walks. Much to my son's enjoyment they also had croquet materials for a quick game.

Nymans is less formal than Sissinghurst, more relaxing than Great Dixter. It feels more like the kind of garden I would like to live in.

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