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“Lovely place in all regards” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hirsel Estate

Hirsel Estate
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Alnwick Castle, Lindisfarne and The Scottish Borders Day Trip from Edinburgh
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Lovely place in all regards”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

We always have a wonderful time when we visit. The tea and sandwiches at the tea room are delicious. We return just for those alone. The walks are pretty and just the right length for anyone. Highly recommended.

Visited August 2013
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English first
Alnwick, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful in all seasons”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

There is a car park at the centre of this beautifl natural park and estate with a charge for parking but this is modest if yiou are going to spend several hours here. From the carpark one can follow a variety of walks of varying length through woodland, parkland and adjacent to a very beautiful lake. Probably this best time of the year to visit is in May and June when the rhododendrons are in flower - a magnificent show of them in a glorious natural setting. That said, the Hirsel is lovely in all seasons - the trees are beautiful in the autumn and the whole parland lovely in winter frosts. There is a cafe, pottery and craft shop near to the carpark and picnic tables by the lake. This place is wonderful for a simple stroll or longer day of walking.

Visited November 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

Walked through the woods and around the lake. There were some exceedingly large old trees and some unusual varieties. It was peaceful with no sounds of cars or people. Good for all ages though access around the lake was tricky in parts with a pram. Plenty of seats to sit and admire the views.

Visited September 2013
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Eyemouth, United Kingdom
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“Fine collection of Rhododendrons”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2013

Hirsel park covers a large area and the main drive to the visitor center bisects the golf course, there is a charge for using the car park. There is a nice cafe at the visitor center and a range of craft shops. The Rhododendrons are on the far side of the lake in Dundock wood (where there is a free car park) this is quite a distance from the visitor center (about 20-30 min walk). The display this year is particularly good with a mass of color and lots of scent from the Azaleas. There are thousands of plants and trees in a wild setting with numerous paths and little streams that criss-cross the woods. The "Exbury of the north" and it is free.

Visited June 2013
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Kelso, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful - Rhododendrons, Azaleas & Scones”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2013

We parked in the lay-by just off the A697, which is free and walked through Dundock Wood, past the wooded side of the lake and down to the craft shops and cafe. Lots of interesting things to see and a super little play area for small children. Picnic tables abound round the lake. Swan, ducks and herons easily spotted but for the more discerning birdwatcher there is a small hide tucked into the wood on the lake edge. The fruit scones and lemon scones were delightful. The main reason for visiting was the flowers in the wood and we weren't disappointed. Beautiful. Lots of varieties of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. We live close by and will be back!

Visited June 2013
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