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Hunte's Gardens

Castle Grant | Bridgetown, Barbados
+1 246-433-3333
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You might hear this garden before you see it; its delightfully eccentric owner,Anthony Hunte BCH, plays classical music throughtout the garden. this is the working end of old Castle Grant plantation, where sugar cane was once processed into syrup. Step through the gate and you'll soon tread on the old weigh bridge, where loads of cane were tallied. Just past the old stone outbuildings, where statues lurk among exotic plants, you'll find yourself on the lip of a great, hemispherical sinkhole in the limestone substrate. Steps lead down and paths branch out through an exquisite profusion of flowering plants, with towering trees around the edges. Both here and farther along the top are a series of small secret gardens, where you can sit to absorb the serenity and enjoy a picnic. Be sure to climb the upper level steps to Mr. Hunte's house, a transformation of the old stables. He'll invite you for refreshments-including his legendary rum punch or freshly made lemonade (for sale)-on his glorious, antique studded verandah overlooking the garden. If you're lucky, he'll tell you tales, and you will surely leave with some of your own. If you're driving, follow the red and white signs that read Hunte's Gardens, from all over the island. Or, come by taxi. If you take the local bus from the Fairchild Street Bus Stand in Bridgetown it's #5 Sugar Hill Bus - Bds$2 each way.
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Castle Grant | Bridgetown, Barbados
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

After parking at the roadside we entered, to find a large handbell sitting on a chair with a sign asking visitors to ring. We did and a few seconds later Mr Hunte appeared from the undergrowth to welcome us and collect our entrance fee (US$15...More

1  Thank Tim H
Reviewed yesterday

It's a few years since I visited and tha gardens are even more beautiful than I remembered. A true tropical paradise. After a good exploration of the garden and loads of photos taken, it was lovely to sit and relax in the house with a...More

1  Thank Rosemary288
Reviewed 3 days ago

What a beautiful, beautiful place. If you like gardens, statuary, design, hummingbirds, places of contemplation, creativity...........you must go! Mr. Hunte himself is a most delightful & gracious host.

2  Thank OntTraveller10
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is a fairy world of plants and bird and insect life. Well done for creating such a wonderful garden - Mr Hunte had a great vision and knows how to look after plants. It made us think of the large conservatory in Kew...More

2  Thank Jean-Pierre D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is such a lovely place and Mr Hunte is rightly proud of the work that he has achieved here! Apparently the leftover ruins of a collapsed cave, the owner has developed the gardens into a feast of nooks and crannies and hidden places to...More

1  Thank Jackie B
Reviewed 3 days ago

We absolutely love this garden! So much so, when we were trying to decide where to go for our 40th wedding anniversary we picked Barbados so we could return to Huntes Gardens again. We have visited many gardens around the world and this, for us,...More

1  Thank Rowz
Reviewed 3 days ago

We took the circuitous route to the gardens....ZR bus to Fairchild Street Bus Station, Bridgetown. Patience is a virtue which we will have to hone. The Sugar Hill bus to take us to the area of the garden is supposed to leave every hour on...More

1  Thank Patrice030
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I went in Huntes Garden 3 times and it was always exciting! The Garden is amazing and the old Huntes is always so kind with guests!

Thank francescosgambuzzi
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The site, variety of flowers and Anthony were all amazing. Do take a picnic lunch. The classical music, bird songs and calming air all contribute to the experience. Not to be missed. Alan and Leslie, Toronto

Thank alandles2015
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited today , gardens are lovelly.To esacpe the rain we sheltered in the owners lovelly veranda and had some very nice cakes and drinks.It was a great way to spend a few hours chatting to other visitors and to the very charming owner ,...More

1  Thank lesley h
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26 August 2017|
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Response from Emma B | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we did this with a trip to Welchman Gully as well. We had about 45mins in the garden, but I could have spent hours in it.
27 June 2017|
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Response from John H | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure but I do not think access is easy or possible.
21 February 2017|
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Response from owen60 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Not sure of the position of your hotel but taxis are best unless you feel like using the bus, great fun. Enjoy the gardens.