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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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Snowdrops

Love all the snowdrops and the walk around Rococo is fabulous if not slightly hilly.Food in the restaurant is good but a bit expensive.Dogs are now welcome which is great

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Cranham, United Kingdom
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We visited in April and we expected to see more but were disappointed by the lack of interest in the garden. The snowdrops had gone but there were some bluebells but again not as many as expected and the blossom was only just starting to show. At this time of year it is a fairly expensive visit for what you... More 

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

Thank you for your review and we are deeply disappointed that we were not able to reach your expectations of the Garden. We make every effort to explain to people that we are an 18th century garden where design was paramount. We are not the traditional plantsman's garden and even say so in the description we post on TripAdvisor site.... More 

Bath, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The countryside and small town in this area make it a real gem and whilst there a visit to this garden should be planned. The Garden is very much a formal and constructed area (as one would expect) but when we visited the planting had not blossomed fully and thus made it appear a little barren. The walk through the... 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 and cafe. I am not sure of the date of your visit but it appears you were too early for the fruit blossom which is only just now coming out towards the end of April. Your note of caution for parents with young children is very valid... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Garden was very enjoyable to walk around, sit and relax. Very peaceful and Lovely to listen to the bird song. However, I'm not sure it holds enough interest to deserve a second visit? Perhaps others will feel different. As the garden is still under development I'm sure it will be wonderful when in full bloom. Lots of bluebells to see... More 

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

Thank you for your comments and we are delighted you found the Garden 'very enjoyable' and the food in the restaurant lovely. We do get many visitors who make repeat visits throughout the year as the changes in the season brings new things to see. However of most concern in your review was the complaint that a member of staff... More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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34 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Whilst this garden is famous in its own right, at snowdrop time it becomes really special. If you know of a better snowdrop vista, I would like to know, and recommend you try here first. Not the easiest of terrain to traverse, but that is what adds to the imagery.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. Tucked away in a hidden valley does make for a challenging terrain but also makes the perfect setting for the Garden. I hope you can come for a visit during the summer. More 

Cranham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Love all the snowdrops and the walk around Rococo is fabulous if not slightly hilly.Food in the restaurant is good but a bit expensive.Dogs are now welcome which is great

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

Thank you for your kind review. We are pleased you enjoyed the snowdrops and the home cooked food. We welcome dogs in the Garden and also in the restaurant. More 

Aldershot
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12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Went to see the snowdrops which were like a carpet. There was a free brief talk on them. The garden was lovely and being developed for all year interest. Only downside was the small cafe which was quite expensive and the seating was not managed with one couple hogging a large table while others waited to be seated.

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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 snowdrops and our Head Gardener's talk. We agree that during the snowdrop period the restaurant can get busy (we see 25% of our annual visitor numbers during that one month!). It is frustrating when some folk are unwilling to share their table with other visitors, but if that... More 

St. Albans, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Were in the Gloucester area and saw an advert for the Snowdrop display at Painswick. We had a lovely sunny spring day and the carpets of snowdrops were the best i have ever seen. Well worth a visit

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

Thank you for your wonderful review. This year has been a fantastic season with the weather on most days being reasonable. Do come again and see us at another time of the year. The heritage roses in July look and smell divine! More 

BURY ST EDMUNDS
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This garden set in the hollow among the higher Cotswold hills is a delight to visit. The walks are are wood-chipped and there are very many scenic benches. A bluebell walk is is being planted for the coming years. All facilities good but difficult for wheelchairs.

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

Thank you for your lovely review. It would be interesting to know whether the family in the 18th century built their house here because of the potential for an unusual garden in the hidden valley behind or having built the house thought what on earth are we going to do with the ground to the back. Either way they created... More 

Barrow-upon-Humber
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Some slight hints of Portmerion which add a whimsical touch to this garden. The snowdrops are the stars this time of year but I guess it would be interesting in spring and summer too.

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

Thank you for your review, we have often heard our rather quirky follies described as a touch of Portmerion in the Cotswolds. They do create a perfect backdrop for the Garden's views and vistas. We are now looking forward to the other spring flowers and the warmer days! More 

Birmingham, UK
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26 reviews 26 reviews
25 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We visited many years ago, but still remember the vast grounds of snowdrops....just like a blanket of snow. Have been to many other places to see the snowdrops, but not quite like here.

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

Thank you for your kind review and we are delighted you enjoyed the Garden. I will pass on your comment to the Garden team who will be thrilled. More 

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