Minterne Gardens

Minterne Gardens, Cerne Abbas: Hours, Address, Minterne Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Minterne Gardens
4.5
10:00 - 18:00
Monday
10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
10:00 - 18:00
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Ruth B
Cambridge, UK14 contributions
Dreadful cream tea, dirty toilets and poorly maintained gardens
Oct 2021
We started our visit with a cream tea, which, I have to say, was disappointing. The fruit scones (which had cherries as well as the usual dried fruit) were rather small and were served on thin paper plates. The cream and jam were in sealed individual plastic pots and we were each given a very flimsy plastic knife. My scone tasted undercooked and despite being warm, it was very dry and crumbly (my guess is that it had been cooked the previous day and reheated before serving). The tea was served in paper cups, with the teabags still in the cups when delivered.

We sat on the terrace at a very scruffy table (the marble print fablon was peeling off) which didn't inspire any confidence in the cleanliness of the place.

We asked about the toilets and were told that they were in the gardens. Fortunately, we had paid to go in the gardens and soon found the toilet block. It was pretty basic and, again, not very clean. The gardens were ok, but didn't feel very well maintained. OK, it was October and perhaps our cream tea and toilets experience may have coloured our opinion, but I don't think that we will be returning for another visit.

Also, despite having paid the full entrance price for the gardens, there was a private event taking place in the house so we were not allowed on the front terrace.
Written 18 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Cumbrianhomeandaway
Wigton, UK241 contributions
Lovely, peaceful gardens
Sep 2021
the Greens at minter are probably worth visiting several times at different times of the year to see all the different plants at their best. We visited on a damp day in early autumn when the autumnal colours hadn't quite developed but the summer blooms had gone.
The gardens are modelled, I think, on the Himalaya, an area I know quite well, and, on the whole, do well with this. That said, it is much more.
While we were there (as I said, on a showery day) we saw only one other couple and one of the two gardeners who was hard at work. Payment was via a honesty box system and on better days there is a small cafe but this was closed as I think they didn't expect anyone visiting due to the weather.
The trails are well laid out and are easy to navigate but walking or stout shoes are recommended.
All in all, an interesting place well worth a couple of hours of your time.
Written 12 October 2021
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Richard314
Salisbury, UK68 contributions
Lovely Place to Visit
Sep 2021
A walk through the gardens in September was lovely, despite neither being summer or autumn. Lunch was nice on the large patio looking over the lake. Toilets need to be better signposted.
Written 4 October 2021
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Helen B
Todmorden, UK24 contributions
Unwelcoming, do they actually want to visitors?
Aug 2021 • Couples
Whilst out walking the beautiful countryside around Cerne Abbas we saw a sign outside the garden for cream teas. We had been walking for 3 hours and had been caught in rain so this looked a perfect stop. I am a member of RHS and was interested to see the Himalayan plants.
We had a frosty reception, told we couldn't use our RHS card- even though it is clearly stated in the handbook.
We decided to stay for the cream tea anyway. This was disappointing too as we were not going in the garden we were told not to pass a certain point on the terrace - this made us feel unwelcome and thought we were treated as chancers trying to get in for free! The disappointed intensified when the cream tea arrived. Paper plates , paper cups and plastic cutlery and pots. More akin to a motorway service station than and elegant country house.
There was a pleasant view from the terrace. After our tea we were instructed to put the plates, cup, plastics into a bin. I asked if there was any recycling expecting separate bins perhaps. The man said it all goes in here and gets sorted later. Really?
Overall an unwelcoming, disappointing experience for £12.
Written 17 August 2021
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Lesley F
1 contribution
Wedding review
Aug 2021 • Friends
Celebrated my daughter’s wedding at the beautiful Minterne House in Cerne Abbas, Dorset. The venue is truly amazing. Accommodation was superb. The grounds stunning. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and accommodating, especially Sarah who was there from start to finish and nothing was too much to ask, and always done with a smile. They ensured the happy couple, family and friends left with a smile and many happy memories. We can’t thank you enough. I would strongly recommend anyone thinking of holding a wedding or special event to contact them. First class service. 😁
Written 11 August 2021
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Jane C
Wimborne, United Kingdom8 contributions
Beautiful gardens, but facilities could be improved
Jul 2021
The gardens are lovely, but there are no disabled toilets. Also service at the coffee area was rather slow on the day we went.
Written 21 July 2021
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StuffieBear
United Kingdom18 contributions
A must-do visit if you like lush gardens.
Jun 2021 • Couples
Arrived on a Tuesday, 10.45 am. Parking opposite, free but cash donations appreciated. Short walk to the gardens where we were greeted by a lovely gentleman serving refreshments and taking the money (£6 per adult). Beautiful lush plants and wooded areas, small ponds and waterfalls. The paths were damp underfoot so best to wear sensible shoes, but they were perfectly manageable, however perhaps not for wheelchair users. Benches spaced out along the walks so able to have our picnic in comfort. Quiet and peaceful on the day we visited. The plants are beautiful and various related info dotted around. There is a toilet along the walk. We didn’t visit the house but it looked stunning. Will definitely go again and is a must-do visit for those who like a tranquil wander in lovely surroundings. Took us about an hour and a half at a leisurely pace.
Written 13 July 2021
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Elwyn W
Upwey, UK39 contributions
Inept customer service
Jul 2021
The good point - the coffee was ok, and reasonably priced. That's the good points covered. I arrived around 1.30, only two other people on the terrace. The waitress greeted me with "Can I help you", but in that tone that sounds like you shouldn't be there. Ordered coffee, but when I said I wanted to pay by card, not cash, she made it clear that didn't suit her.
The terrace has a view across the surrounding countryside, and so, presumably, some of the gardens. As I left, I walked a few feet closer to the kiosk where you would have paid to enter the gardens - to be told that if I was going to stand there, I'd be expected to pay the garden admission. This, I should add, is a wide and open terrace - I hadn't ducked around or under anything to avoid paying.
The whole attitude was ungracious, petty and unwelcoming.
I will not be returning.
Written 12 July 2021
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Taxidiotissa
London, UK531 contributions
Spectacular gardens - wild and natural
Jun 2021
We were puzzled by previous reviews as the RHS members’ handbook clearly states that there is free access to members Feb-Mar and then 1 Jun-7 Nov. We had no problems using our RHS card. The gentleman we encountered was most welcoming even though they were in the middle of a power cut! If we hadn’t just indulged in an enormous Dorset breakfast we’d have loved to have sampled the cold apple soup advertised - a speciality of his Hungarian born wife and just the thing on a hot day.
The Himalayan gardens are spectacular. At every step there is a view, framed by stunning rhododendrons and azaleas with lakes, streams and cascades and interesting plaques detailing the flora and fauna. After visiting several rather formal and manicured gardens in the area, the wild and natural feel here is a joy.
Written 19 June 2021
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Jaycee Sarah Koh
London, UK5,164 contributions
Beautiful Natural Gardens Great Walks
May 2021 • Friends
Such a lovely garden with ponds and river, brooks and streams, ancient tall trees, scented blooms 🌸 and sounds of cascading water 💦

The Minterne Gardens is one of my favourite now as it’s delightfully planned while keeping the garden as natural as can be so as not to appear manicured and precise. It’s like a jungle of wonder with open paths to explore. Benches and loos are available so it’s convenient and clear markings of which path we are trailing down.

Lovely habitat for some wildlife and insects too. SWhat a treat it was and many thanks to Ginny and Bernie for taking us there 💛
Written 14 June 2021
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