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“Pretty and romantic gardens”

Nymans Gardens and House
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

We have visited Nymans many,many times over the years and for me, it is one of my favourite NT properties. Pretty, rural and romantic with a gentle, calm atmosphere. Beautiful all year round and there is a lovely woodland walk too. Good children's activities and the cafe is pleasant enough, though overly priced and slow. The dovecote is stunning and the ruins of the old house have a certain atmosphere about them. The herbaceous borders and the rose garden is gorgeous in the summer. However, this pretty little property has turned into Disneyland at weekends due to the ludicrous parking charges introduced at Wakehurst Place. People are deserting Wakehurst as they are NOT prepared to pay 10 pounds to park. It is no longer a calm oasis in West Sussex. Now there are piles of cars queuing to park in the smallish car park with Hoards of disgruntled senior citizens forced away from Wakehurst and families with toddlers fleeing from Wakehurst looking for an alternative day out. The peace and tranquility has gone due to the hoards now. People everywhere you look, desperate to find a bit of countryside for themselves. Not much chance of that now thanks to the NT and Kew set up. I feel sorry for the disabled visitors who receive no concessions at all at Wakehurst. They now end up at Nymans whether they like it or not, as they are unable to pay 10 to park at Wakehurst. They drive round and round desperately trying to park at Nymans along with everyone else. What a pity Nymans is like Disneyland at weekends these days. How about a Mickey Mouse trail for visitors?

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

What a great location for walking,last year we walked round the woodlands for the first time,since then we've improved our health by walking round several times a month. During the winter season the millennium walk was flooded out in places so we went to Wakehurst Place,however now the car park charges are in place we've returned to Nymans and enjoying the walk once again. We normally end our walk by relaxing in the gardens which are lovely and relaxing. Would certainly recommend although at weekends the car park can become very crowded. Once in you can lose yourself in the grounds.

2  Thank TheRat1
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Nymans Garden is one of my favourite National Trust properties because it offers many possibilities: a lovely stroll around a beautiful garden - stunning daffodils in Spring, a huge, vibrant Summer border that takes your breath away and pretty roses. (Free golf-buggy rides for less-mobile persons) Or, if you prefer a little more exercise, there are woodland trails to follow down to the lake or through the Blue Bell woods. Finally, there are the rooms on the ground floor of the house to visit and the fascinating story of the family that owned it. Top all that up with a great restaurant (which does fab Christmas lunches) a good plant and NTshop and you have a perfect visit!

1  Thank Trish-R36
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

You must visit this garden. Lots of areas recently replanted. Rhododendrons in abundance, so beautiful.The Rose Garden hits your senses with the most amazing perfume. Don't forget to cross the road by the South Lodge and visit the wild garden as well. The house not so impressive so don't dwell in there unless it's raining!.

1  Thank Mecroydon
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Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

Beautiful when the bluebells are out. A very beautiful garden/woodland and house well kept by the national trust.

1  Thank strawberries g
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