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Painswick Rococo Garden

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Address: Gloucester Road, Painswick GL6 6TH, England
Phone Number: 01452 813204
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Description: Historically Painswick Rococo Garden is very important, as it is the sole...
Historically Painswick Rococo Garden is very important, as it is the sole complete survivor from the brief Rococo period (1720 – 1760). These gardens differ from the more traditional 19th and 20th century designs, as they were mini landscapes designed almost as theatrical sets for the home owner to entertain his guests with lavish garden parties. One thing they were not were great flower gardens.At Painswick, romantic follies combine with long vistas, informal plantings, and a large kitchen garden to create a relaxing environment for todays visitor to appreciate how our forefathers lived and to understand how gardens have changed over the centuries.
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Lovely...even in the rain!

Sadly it began to rain when we were about halfway round the gardens but we carried on and still enjoyed them. There are lots of interesting features and meandering pathways and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Sadly it began to rain when we were about halfway round the gardens but we carried on and still enjoyed them. There are lots of interesting features and meandering pathways and viewpoints to discover. The kitchen gardens with the espaliered fences were very attractive and the late summer flowers added splashes of colour to all the greenery. Well worth a... More 

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Paul M, Manager at Painswick Rococo Garden, responded to this review

We are very pleased you enjoyed your visit, even though it began to rain,. It seems this August we have never been far away from a shower or sometimes a downpour! We are lucky that the numerous garden follies do offer some shelter if caught out. We have 125 espaliers here around the Kitchen Garden, consisting of 6 heritage apple... More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We enjoyed a couple of hours here and with a 2 for 1 voucher it was really good value at £7 for us both. The gardens have been beautifully restored and there is something for all tastes including a herb garden, restored sculptures and structures, a lovely formal garden full of bees, a well tended kitchen garden with interesting heritage... More 

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Paul M, Manager at Painswick Rococo Garden, responded to this review

We are delighted you enjoyed your visit. Earlier this year we had two beehives installed by a local beekeeper, so we are seeing many more of these lovely pollinators about. Hopefully before too long we may see some honey as well. More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Just visited after walking from Birdlip on the Cotswold Way. It is just by the trail on the entrance to Painswick. A delightful garden with lots of interesting building features and some excellent wood carvings. The vegetables make me envious compared to my feeble attempts. Well worth a visit.

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Paul M, Manager at Painswick Rococo Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments. We are very lucky that the Cotswold Way passes just by our entrance. For those just wanting some refreshments it is possible to visit the Coach House Restaurant without having to go around the Garden. The carvings you saw are by a local craftsman and will be on display now until the end of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

My wife and I had rejoined HHA (£75 visited 27 properties last year) recently and visited Painswick Rocco Garden (HHA members free) on the way to Whittington Court (HHA property check web for opening days) and found it very enjoyable. Besides visiting the garden it is well worth having a snack at the The Coach House Restaurant which you can... More 

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Paul M, Manager at Painswick Rococo Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are delighted to welcome members from Historic Houses Association. We also allow free entry for main RHS card holders except during February. More 

Yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Visited with 3 adults, two 11 year olds, an 8 year old and a 7 year old. Had a lovely walk around. Lots of paths to follow and lots of open space to play in. Probably not the most exciting place to take children as no playgrounds but had a good maze, which they enjoyed and was a nice place... More 

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Paul M, Manager at Painswick Rococo Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write you review and we are pleased you had an enjoyable walk around. The Trustees are currently working on plans to create a playground for children in the Nature Trail for next season. So watch this space! More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

Visited today with my toddler and two other adult family members, we had a nice day. Pros- it was all very pretty to look at, the grey skies didn't ruin the day, we were able to spend several hours there, the maze was good fun (though the fountain we were supposed find wasn't on), lots of nice open spaces for... More 

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Paul M, Manager at Painswick Rococo Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are delighted you enjoyed the Garden. I wanted to just clarify a couple of matters you raise. Firstly you mention that the fountain was not working in the maze. As noted on the entrance board by the maze this fountain is solar powered and as you visited on a 'grey' day there obviously... More 

Stockport, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We have been wanting to go here for a long time. I wanted to see the buildings. The setting for the garden is revealed as you walk through the first part of the garden. An awe moment. I loved the pigeon house which we went inside. The terrain is difficult in places so you have to be able bodied. The... More 

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Paul M, Manager at Painswick Rococo Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. Rococo Gardens are all about that element of surprise, and as you mention that first walk through the arch into the Garden is spectacular in the way the layout opens up in front of you. You are correct that RHS members are free (main card holder only) but please note this does not apply... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Charming 18th century garden laid out below high sloping sides on a kind of valley floor. It’s a beautifully scented and restful place on a summer’s day with roses abundant. The kitchen garden bounded by espalier fruit trees is geometrically laid out from towering artichokes to historic lettuce. Remarkable to think this was overgrown and forgotten in the 1970s. The... More 

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Paul M, Manager at Painswick Rococo Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. You are nearly spot on for the reason behind the maze. It was commissioned in 1998 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the painting that formed the basis of our restoration project. More 

South West England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

My wife wanted to go here for her birthday, so off we went. I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect but had generally heard good things. After parking up paying the entrance fee and wandering along to an archway, my initial impression was one of disappointment. You are presented with a mini valley and I thought that that was it.... More 

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Paul M, Manager at Painswick Rococo Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are delighted we managed to convert you from your initial scepticism. These gardens were often designed to open up to the 18th century visitor, with hidden buildings and sudden vistas. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is a beautiful relaxing escape for those who love gardens. The food in the cafe is all grown here and really good. Worth going here for lunch alone, but it would be a shame to miss the gardens.

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Paul M, Manager at Painswick Rococo Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, We always like to think that the Garden can be a relaxing haven from the rush of modern day life. 18th century gardens of this style were intended as a space for social activities and garden parties. More 

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