Hunte's Gardens
Hunte's Gardens
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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You might hear this garden before you see it, its delightfully eccentric owner, Anthony Hunte BCH, plays classical music throughout 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).
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Lesley M
Oxford, UK35 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
This is the most lovely garden and this was our fifth visit. It was good to chat to Anthony and Imran. Special thanks to the lovely lady at the gate. She noticed that we had been waiting for a while for a bus and she came out specially to direct us to a busier bus route. We followed her directions and caught a bus quickly. So kind. The whole place is delightful and so are the people.
Written February 21, 2023
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Sebdanslevide
Montreal, Canada71 contributions
Jan 2023
As with many tourist attractions in the Carribean, the entry price is on the steep side at 20USD/person for what is a pretty small garden. It is beutiful though, extremely peaceful and charming, with a large variety of plants and flowers, arranged in what I would call a tasteful chaos. Definitely on the list of things to do in Barbados.
Written January 13, 2023
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MerlotRouge
London, UK44 contributions
Jan 2022
Friendly staff greet you at the entrance and Mr Hunte himself ( and cats) welcomes you in the quirky veranda cafe and gift shop, giving visitors a little potted history of the gardens so be ready with your questions for him! He serves the best rum punch I tasted on the island, not too sweet with a little hint of ginger.
Steep flights of steps down to the bottom of the gardens and up to all the little secluded areas mean you have to be relatively fit to make the most of the spectacular surroundings. These steps can be ​slippy after it has rained but there are hand rails to one side.
It's cash only, toilets are available, parking outside was easy ( we went around 10.30 so I don't know if it gets busier later)

Very well signposted from all all over island.This magical garden is not to be missed.
Written January 18, 2022
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Affers
Oakham, UK9 contributions
Feb 2023
This garden is truly sensational and is obviously a work of total devotion by its eccentric owner Anthony and his helpers One cannot help but marvel at the stunning plants but also at the sheer amount of physical work it must have taken over many years to landscape what is essentially a big hole in the ground and fill it with hundreds of huge pots full of cleverly arranged plants. Around every corner are beautiful views and intimate seating areas with soft music playing in the background, it feels as though you’ve slipped into another world! We were greeted at the end by Anthony himself, a true gentleman, and enjoyed refreshments and a chance to buy very reasonably priced souvenirs. I cannot recommend this garden highly enough.
Written February 9, 2023
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KfromWales
Wrexham, UK1,198 contributions
Mar 2022
Given all the positive feedback we decided to visit. Easy to find by car as very well signposted. Parking a bit of challenge even arriving early.

We are keen gardeners and the garden is stunning. However for the entrance fee of $BBD40/$US20 each we felt it was expensive for what you got. If the gardens were bigger and more to see we felt it would have been better value for money. We were given vouchers and told they gave a discount off gift shop purchases. The discount off cafe purchases had been crossed out, so the vouchers were not really useful. We won’t be visiting again. Too pricy.
Written March 24, 2022
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Tory777
London, UK73 contributions
Feb 2023
The gardens are amazing and well worth a visit. Background music throughout the garden just adds to the dreaminess of it all. We arrived soon after it opened at 10am and there were not many visitors and stayed over 2 hours. The visit really starts at the bottom of the sinkhole where there is a board to help you recognise the different plants, but I also cheated using the Seek app (you point the camera at the plant and ta-dah!). The path then winds around and up through the gardens. Charming hidden spots with chairs are dotted around the garden, inviting you to sit, look, listen and soak it all up. You could do a whistlestop tour of the gardens in under an hour, but you would not be doing it justice.

There are lots of tours on offer to these gardens, but the peace of being able to see it without lots of people and taking as long as you want is definitely worth considering. You can catch a bus from Bridgetown (4, 5C, 5G, 6 all stop within easy walking distance) or cycle up there like we did.

At the end of the visit, you can meet Anthony Hunte, their creator, and enjoy a lemonade, rum and/or cake while looking out at the top of the gardens.
Written February 26, 2023
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Bob T
Cambridge, United Kingdom4 contributions
Aug 2021
A truly amazing experience. We decided to make our own way there instead of signing up for a trip and took a bus into Bridgetown and then got the Sugar Hill bus and asked the driver to let us know when we were there.
As you enter the gardens, a former sink hole, and ring the bell Anthony, the owner/creator comes to greet you, takes your entrance fee, $B20 each and then gives you a $B% token to use if you buy a cake. Anthony showed us a hummingbird nest, the size of half a walnut shell and we actually saw the hummingbird sat on the nest, wonderful.
You're free to roam the gardens at your leisure and there is some very soft piano music playing. Once we got to the higher level we could view the expanse of the garden we sat on a wicker sofa and just soaked the whole pleasant atmosphere in.
From there we went up to the veranda where we bought some cold lemonade and a smashing piece of homemade carrot cake, using our discount voucher of course, and Anthony told us a little more about the garden and it's development.
When it came time to leave Anthony gave us a little tip on travelling back using an alternative route which enabled us to view more of Barbados, but tha's another story.
Certainly well worth a visit.
Written September 14, 2021
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Richard T
Leamington Spa, UK17 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
We spent a wonderful afternoon in Huntes gardens and would recommend a visit to anyone visiting Barbados.

The gardens themselves are incredibly sculpted in a sinkhole which lends an incredible atmosphere and tranquility that cannot be found in other more traditional settings. Another lovely feature is the spiritual music that plays through hidden speakers which give an incredible acoustic due to the nature of the sinkhole itself. During our visit an opera singer sang across the garden and the sound was spectacular.

We enjoyed a drink with the owner on the beautiful Veranda overlooking the garden, and we picked up some lovely souvenirs which were interesting and reasonably priced. Anyone visiting must stop and have a drink on the Veranda as it really is a most spectacular view across the whole garden.
Written December 4, 2021
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Jayne
14 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
We visited Huntes Garden today not expecting too much as entrance is only 20 US and it is quite small at 2.5 acres. How wrong were we! You can look at the photo board and lists of plants if this is what interests you but we, from the minute we stepped inside, just marvelled at the huge trees, so many varieties of plants and the statues and little hideaways and seating areas dotted about. We had a picnic with us (and a cheeky bottle of wine) so found a shady hideaway and whiled a way over an hour. I can definately say that in my 55 years on the planet, this was my favourite picnic spot EVER! You can, if you can manage a few steps (handrails on most), go down into the gully where there are lots more seating areas and hideaways. There are covered areas should it rain and they also provide brollies. Then up to the veranda for leminade or rum with Anthony and a slice of cake too. Gifts available also. Anthony is a laid back bohemian kind of guy who we could of stayed and talked to all day. We only left because it closed! So take a picnic and visit but I would go under your own steam as tours say you get about an hour there and we stayed nearly 4! You can arrange weddings and special occasions there also. I would choose Huntes over a beach wedding any day. Oh, and check out the toilets... They will surprise you! Thank you Anthony and Ann, we will be back.
Written July 4, 2022
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Judy V
7 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
We have visited Anthony Hunte’s remarkable garden every year for the past twenty and are never disappointed. Hunte had designed a spectacular 3 acre Masterpiece in St Joseph that combines rare flora and fauna and sculpture and classical music which lowers everyone’s blood pressure upon entry.

In addition, the helpful Imran managed to find my bag which was left under the wicker table where we picnicked possessing all my identification, credit cards and iphone. I shall be indebted to him forever!

Don’t miss this jewel on Barbados.You won’t regret it!
Written February 12, 2023
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