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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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Beautiful and very lovely way to spend a morning. The snowdrops are gorgeous, if only people would avoid posing for photos on exhibits that have ropes round them.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Croydon, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I visited as a guest at a Wedding, the venue was picture perfect, real English Country Garden postcard pretty. Some of the paths en route to the chapel are steep and pebbly, if for whatever reason the cameras are rolling, wear sensible shoes. Also has a small cafe and plant shop, but I didn't go in.

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Basingstoke
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Beautiful and very lovely way to spend a morning. The snowdrops are gorgeous, if only people would avoid posing for photos on exhibits that have ropes round them.

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

Thank you for your kind review. The snowdrops are a fabulous time here and a huge draw to the photographic fraternity. Does get a bit annoying when they walk amongst the snowdrops though as it is often hard not to damage the flowers. Thankfully the vast majority of visitors keep to the designated paths. Do come and see us at... More 

Sydney, Australia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
27 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Wow. We thought it sounded good, and when we walked there from our B&B in Painswick what a delightful few hours we had. Beautiful grounds and interesting stories. Very friendly cat too! Then a wonderful cafe lunch, wow-great ploughman's lunch. Plus nice gifts in the shop. If only I could have loaded up the suitcase with more. Good family business.... More 

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

Thank you taking the time to write your review. The cat is called Charlie and whilst not ours comes up from the village every day as he loves the company of our visitors. The Ploughman's Lunch uses cheese from a local diary which I must agree is delicious. More 

Onancock, Virginia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We visited Painswick, had afternoon tea at the delightful Falcon Inn onlt to run out of time for these Gardens. Returned 2 days later and fell in love with the Rococo Gardens. This is a unique 18th century garden restoration situated in a hidden 6 acre Cotswold combe. Flowers were in abundance as were fruit tree blooms. The planning and... More 

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

What a lovely review, you certainly seemed to enjoy the fantasy aspect of the Garden and you picked the perfect time to visit with the fruit blossom which can be a short lived display. Delighted you enjoyed the desserts! More 

Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Warm welcome, gorgeous location, wonderful plants and tremendous beautiful gardens. Really wonderful !! Big thanks to the wonderful staff in the café that were so welcoming and attentive. The food is delicious !!!

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

Thank you for your lovely review. I will pass on your comments to the restaurant staff who will really appreciate your kind feedback. More 

somerset uk
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102 reviews 102 reviews
17 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We loved the gardens! Small but perfectly formed. They are quite small, compared with others we have visited but, as my husband had a bad ankle, it was just about right for us! The gift shop had some REALLY nice items in it so I bought a couple of lovely 'limited edition' prints as presents, and the tea shop was... 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 and we are pleased you enjoyed your Bank Holiday visit and the shop and restaurant. Rococo Gardens were usually quite intimate being created by the new wealthy classes in the 18th century rather than the very wealthy landowners. As a result they used visual deceits to make the gardens appear... More 

Grayshott, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This special garden is located in a private traditional Cotswold manor house but is run separately by a charitable trust. The gardens are superbly maintained with many quirky corners and follies to discover. It is worth a visit when in the area and the staff are both welcoming and helpful. Painswick itself is the most beautiful, quintessential Cotswold village one... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review. I will pass on your comments to all the team of staff and volunteers. We do find a lot of photographers come here as the follies can make an interesting composition challenge. We have an ongoing project here where, on occasions, you will see a lady who specialises in the most amazing phone camera... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Love this place, have visited many times. So relaxing, just strolling through the many different planted areas. Interesting little buildings that have been re-built in the Rococo fashion, modelled on the same garden from that era. Sweet tea room with delicious cakes and light lunches. Gorgeous when the snowdrops are in bloom.

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

We are so glad you enjoy the Garden on a regular basis. If you haven't already it may be worth joining our Friends Organisation as membership offers free admission throughout the year during normal opening times. Thanks for the review. More 

London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Quite a surprise when you walk through the gate, and see the grounds laid out below. We spent a delightful 4 hours here, walked through the substantial grounds, around the nature walks, and then through the gardens. The café is good too.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. The dramatic entrance is part of the theatre of the Garden and that element of surprise was so integral to the layout of these 18th century gardens. Delighted you had a lovely walk. More 

Montgomery, Wales, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I arrived here about 2.30 pm after they had stopped serving lunch, but the lady took pity on me and made me a nice sandwich and salad. The people who work in the shop and cafe are very helpful and friendly all round. The gardens themselves are wonderful and you can wander around at your own pace and there is... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review, I will make sure our restaurant staff get your lovely comments and I am delighted we were able to sort out a sandwich for you. We are hoping that Cath Hodsman who was the artist is residence when you last came will be able to find another week in September to come back and... More 

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