Hunte's Gardens
Hunte's Gardens
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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  • Scott D
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delightful tropical garden experience
    WONDERFUL! So beautiful and tranquil with the most stunning plants and cozy shady corners. We met the owner Anthony Hunt who was so kind and welcoming. There's a girt shop where they sell wonderful Hunts Garden rum and other nice gifts. Allow about 1.5h to really soak up the tropical magisty of the place.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 29, 2023
  • josie1700
    Hitchin, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enchanting and unique
    Huntes gardens and house are magical. This was my second visit and it was as beautiful and peaceful as I remembered. The garden is so colourful and relaxing but what makes it unique is to visit the house and to chat with the owner Anthony, who is so welcoming and interesting. I could stay there all day. He’s created a wonderful haven. Highly recommended!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 30, 2023
  • SimonJB225
    Falmouth, Jamaica2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A feast for the eyes.
    So many tropical plants to see and plenty of seating in the grounds to sit and enjoy the experience. We also spent time with the owner Anthony Hunte in his house at the top of the garden and enjoyed tea with him. Well worth the time to visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Jackie R
    Rainham, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical Hunte's Gardens. A tranquil tropical delight with classical music, wonderful flowers and tropical sounds.
    Magnificent Hunte's Gardens. Magical, enchanting and delightful. A trip here is an absolute must. Anthony Hunte is an amazing man and his knowledge knows no bounds. View the gardens at your leisure whilst listening to classical music abd bird song. Just spend time sitting and relaxing as there is no rush. Cold drinks, tea and cake are available after whilst in the company of the owner, Anthony. Visiting here is a must for anyone lucky enough to be in Barbados. P.S. thank you for funding my purse!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Helen B
    Brighton, United Kingdom170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a treat!
    Don’t hesitate to visit Hunte’s Gardens! It’s a tropical oasis, cool, refreshing, exotic and fabulous. All signposts in the north of the island at least l seem to lead there, so follow! Take BBD cash as modern technology is not the priority here - fair enough! Just enjoy the cool sink hole turned tropical paradise. Even to the uninitiated in tropical gardens and gardening, this is a real treat. Wander around the palm trees and gorgeous flowers with strategic seating calling your name around every corner. And make sure to leave time for a fabulous chat and a home made lemonade or bottle of beer with the owner and mastermind Anthony Hunte himself. A delight!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Florencia B
    10 contributions
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    Beautiful and Relaxing. A MUST
    Hunte’s Gardens was an absolutely beautiful and relaxing experience. Anthony Hunte created art when building these gardens. You’ll find layers of flowers, trees, and palms all around the place. There are many areas to sit and take in the beauty from many different angles. After exploring, we visited the gift shop where Anthony himself (the owner and creator) was there and offered us some rum to taste. Later, we sat down again in the gardens to have our snack sandwiches. We had a great conversation as well while sitting and enjoying the view a little bit more. Bring cash to pay for entrance, gifts, and refreshments.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Imran Gopaul
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lost for words
    The Fuana in this place was amazing. I particularly like the statue themed hidden corners. Words cannot express the imagery of this place. A must see when visiting. The owner was very welcoming, we sat and chat as if we were old friends.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Adrian M
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    amazing immersive experience
    Loved this, could have stayed all day. A genius created this garden, every turn gave a different take on it. The music added to the total immersion. What an amazing place, humbling to visit We’ll be back
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Debra Harby
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hidden gem and absolute must see
    Absolutely stunning tropical garden created on the site of a sinkhole (collapsed cave). Lots of pathways leading to secret corners and hidden seating areas, quirky statues and artefacts, pools with water lilies, and most of all beautiful lush planting everywhere. Trees, shrubs, orchids, hibiscus and much more, all in abundance and gentle soothing music playing softly in the background as we made our way around. Even my non gardening husband was impressed with the beauty and serenity of the place. It poured with rain for a good part of our visit but even this couldn’t dampen our enthusiasm for the place (umbrellas were available to borrow from the ticket office). Anthony, the garden’s creator, was very welcoming and happy to chat and answer questions at the end of our wanderings. Look out for the native green monkeys who were giving an acrobat display at the gate as we were leaving! Highly recommended.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • AllrounderEngland
    Broadstairs, United Kingdom111 contributions
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    A truly stunning location.
    For anyone with a love of gardens, this is the perfect place to visit. The range of plants to view is superb, just so much colour it's a real photographer's paradise. You can see that this has been a real labour of love, created by someone with a passion for nature. My main comment is that you give yourself plenty of time to visit. There are masses of hidden walks and seating areas to sit and take in the stunning views. We visited as part of a multi-stop tour, and the hour we were given was way too short to give this location the respect it deserves. Especially with Anthony Hunte himself relaxing at the end, offering a taster of his excellent rum and a nice chat on the history of the area. It was a shame we had to leave so soon and really hope to return.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
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frankum62
London, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We visited Huntes gardens on New Years eve, driving out through lovely countryside, and stopping several times to look at the wonderful views over the hills and down to the sea
The gardens are simply stunning, set in a natural crater formed millions of years ago, My Hunte has designed and planted out the gardens over a 30 year period, and they are magical. classical music plays throughout the gardens, and there are many places to sit and just take in the beauty of this place. It has lots of shady spots under the enormous palm trees, with carefully placed sculptures and seating areas. Even at midday, there was a cool breeze, and we were not too hot. It is a very tranquil and beautiful place and all of our group would like to return again before we leave the island. There are a few outbuildings in the gardens, which are full of interesting and very stylish items, We met the delightful Mr Hunte, and had a delicious rum punch and a piece of cake in his house ( which used to be the stable block). He told us a little bit about the history of the land, which was once part of a large plantation, and more about the gardens and how he keeps the gardens stocked throughout the year. Huntes gardens are a 'must-do' trip when you are in Barbados. Do not miss it!
Written January 2, 2020
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Princess Bilinda J
Barbados10 contributions
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Jan 2020
Today was a rainy day in Barbados, But the garden was still beautifull, so do go even if raining, under your huge Huntes umbrella see the rain bring the garden alive with shine, and tiny pools for the birds to drink from. Also the rain never lasts long, I also enjoyed searching for the painted rock, part of Local color OBX, Barbados rock hunt. Anthony was his usual happy, interesting self, full of charm, answering any questions about his garden. The best way to enjoy the garden is to take a picnic and relax, the worst way is to have a taxi waiting , as you will not want to leave.
Written January 22, 2020
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MerlotRouge
London, UK43 contributions
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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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Joanna H
Denver, CO44 contributions
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Dec 2019
We experienced these lushes gardens as part of a tour. The grounds appeared very well maintained. This is a self guided tour with stairs. My mom who is in her 70's was able to do the stairs without much problem. There is shade and places to sit. We went on a Tuesday and it wasn't very busy but we heard it gets busier on the weekends.
Written January 2, 2020
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Bob T
Cambridge, United Kingdom8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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rufus04
Amherst, MA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We took a taxi from the cruise port, and the driver stayed at the entrance to the gardens, telling us to take our time until we were ready to return. Think of any tropical greenhouse you've visited. These gardens were all open-air, ten times better than any conservatory I've visited. Even with the light rain we encountered, the umbrellas offered at the ticket counter were enough to make the visit pleasurable. We were dumbfounded with the extraordinary variety of plants, flowers, and presentations. However, it being a wet day, the frequent benches and chairs were wet; we did find one dry place towards the end of the tour, to sit down and rest, and then the house, where one could purchase gifts and drinks, was also dry and offered some seating. Give yourself at least two hours on site to really enjoy it.
Written February 20, 2020
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Bernadette F
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
I have travelled to many places but this is amongst one of the most glorious. The beauty of the gardens, the music gently playing and the wonderful bird song is worth every one of the $15 entry fee. Then to meet Anthony Hunte is the icing on the cake. Sit and enjoy a rum cocktail, or two, with people from around the world we actually had to extend our taxi booking as no one wanted to leave. You simply must go. The holiday carrots loved it too!
Written January 2, 2020
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bajancanadian
14 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
Hunte's Gardens is a beautiful and peaceful diversion from the hectic pace of life. The gardens have been beautifully landscaped with all sorts of exotic and local trees, plants and flowers. Colour abounds and every turn brings something new. If you have time, take a picnic lunch with you and enjoy it in one of the many shaded and secluded seating areas throughout the gardens. The owner and creator of this gem is a true character welcoming all and takes pride in regaling you with the history of the property and the gardens. Well worth the visit.
Written January 13, 2020
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4791HRJ
Portsmouth, UK117 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Friends
We visited these magnificent gardens as part of a trip which also took in the Harrison’s Cave (another must do).
The garden is a maze of stepping stones which weave you up, down and round the plants, shrubs and statues planted. In the centre is a large board with photos of the things (plants, people and pets) to look for as you explore. There are also two wonderful old and eccentric out buildings to look at, all at your own leisure. We met Anthony Hunte at the end who gave a speech about the gardens, how long his family have lived in Barbados and how long he’s owned the gardens and how they are maintained. A very hospitable, humble and kind person. The only sad part of this is that due to Covid_19 (Coronavirus) he has made the decision to close the gardens indefinitely. He himself is in his 70’s and social distancing is relatively difficult in these gardens if you need to pass someone. Once it’s open again, it is a definite must
Written March 21, 2020
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Graeme M
2,489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
These tranquil botanical gardens created in the 1950s by horticulturist Anthony Hunte are a fantastic place to visit whilst on holiday in Barbados. If you enjoy horticulture (with the odd hummingbird flitting around) then this is a must.

If you have a hire car the gardens are well signposted and there is limited off road parking at the entrance. Most people seem to take cabs to and from the gardens and the drivers are use to waiting an hour or so for you to wander around. We took a taxi from Worthing Beach (south of Bridgetown) to Hunte’s Gardens, spent 90 minutes walking about, then continued onto see the Atlantic Coast at Bathsheba, before spending the afternoon at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve for two hours. Less stress than a hire car and also about the same price (B$ 230). Most taxi’s seem to charge about B$ 40 per hour when touring about.

The garden’s are an absolute delight and you can wander about for as long as you want. At the top of the hill (near the entrance) is the old house, where you can meet and chat to Mr Hunte himself.

So glad that we went.
Written February 9, 2020
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