The Courts Garden

The Courts Garden, Holt: Address, Phone Number, The Courts Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

The Courts Garden
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Mrs Bear
Poole, UK1,384 contributions
Jun 2021
This was our second visit to this lovely garden and arboretum. Last time we walked cross country to get here but this time we parked in Holt and walked a short distance to the garden.
There is no parking provided by National Trust so you either have to park in the road or find a car park.
We pre booked as this is requested at weekends to be sure of entry.
Staff were very friendly on arrival and welcomed us back.
There is a one way system in operation and you pass the toilets just after entering the gardens.
The tea room is closed but there is a van near the second hand bookshop selling drinks, cakes and sandwiches but they are top dollar.
Followed the path round the garden, the borders are beautiful at this time of year and there are the bushes cut to the shape of dancing coffee beans which are unusual.
The pond had a lot of blanket weed on it which rather spoilt the reflection of the bridge that goes over the water.
Lots of families were picnicking but there were only a few tables so folk were mainly on the grass.
Plenty of lovely plants to look at and so much bird song as you walk through the arboretum.
A lot of hard work clearly goes into maintaining the gardens so beautifully and it is a place that can be enjoyed and appreciated by all.
Written June 20, 2021
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jackier1901
Kent, UK319 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
We arrived around 4pm on a week day. Wandered around this lovely garden until it shut. Plenty to see I recommend using the map as although it's fairly small we couldn't find the pond at first.
Written July 16, 2021
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Stephen A
Bury St. Edmunds, UK123 contributions
Sep 2020
We arrived around 4pm on a weekday afternoon which left us an hour and a bit to walk round this well maintained and varied garden and arboretum. (Allow longer if you want to visit the tea room.) We had not booked in advance, but unbooked visits are possible on weekdays, if there is space, and fortunately for us, there was. A very helpful volunteer welcomed us at the entrance and went through all the measures to follow for a covid-secure visit, and the one way route was well sign posted.

The gardens are wonderful, but for me, the variety of older apple trees was the "star", with samples available to buy on the way out. Another of the NT's smaller property "little gems"!
Written September 25, 2020
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Vexillologist
Trowbridge, UK99 contributions
Jul 2020
Visited on a bright warm sunny day using the online pre-booked system which is mandatory. Signage good. toilets available and snack cafe open for social distancing and dining in the garden. Not too good if weather is wet or windy. Flowers look great and one way system works perfectly.
Written July 21, 2020
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Barry B
Hoddesdon, UK1,268 contributions
Jul 2021
What a pleasure this modest gardens were. Arriving just as the gardens opened and met by enthusiastic volunteers who are keen to share this special site.

Formal lawns, woodland and water gardens are all here.

It was great fun watching dragon files on the ponds, and the photographers trying to catch the perfect shot of them in flight.

Only slight disappointment was the catering facilities which were sub par, little in the way of GF options and the refrigerator was not working very well as cold drinks barely cool and the chocolate cake soft when it was supposed to be crisp

Nice place to spend time
Written August 7, 2021
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Florriemay18
Maidstone, UK16 contributions
Aug 2021
We have visited here several times over the years but it seems to have had a bit of extra tlc and is looking particularly good. Lovely vegetable garden complete with planting like marigolds to prevent grub damage. Young children will enjoy running around and hiding because there are lots of garden ‘rooms’. A plant finder app Is useful. Used book store and currently good ice creams and hot drinks available from a silver Citroen sort of Winnebago run by Italians. It is all very photogenic and calming. A few plants to buy and postcards but not a commercial venture. Never very busy so distancing easy and hand sanitiser readily available.
Written August 27, 2021
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MaureenHibb
Melksham, UK9 contributions
Oct 2019
The NT’s Court Gardens are a wonderful set of small gardens and vignettes where young and old alike can enjoy their hidden benches with views of raised water features with fish, water lillies and tadpoles depending on the time of year you visit. There are charming majestic deciduous trees (all with labels), fruit trees, manicured hedges and surrounding herbaceous borders, water features, topiary, and a small vegetable and walled garden. It is magical for children who can run wild, climb trees, hide in enormous trees, play in a dedicated area and eat in a charming tea room with lovely savory plates along with scrummy cakes. We often take friends and relatives for a couple of hours of garden admiration, the chance to sit in beautiful quiet ‘hides’ to read a paper or a book and to drink in the pleasures of an English garden as its loveliest at any time of the year, Usual NT opening hours and property is closed in the winter.
Written March 6, 2020
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gizmo2brian
Somerset653 contributions
Sep 2020
We love The Courts Garden, the whole site is easy enough to walk around in an hour with plenty to catch the eye. Everything is so well maintained, a credit to the volunteers that look after the gardens. The little cafe serves amazing baguettes and rolls, etc.,
Definitely worth a visit.
Written July 4, 2021
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MarcusHurley
Bristol, UK7,729 contributions
May 2021
We visited here on a glorious May afternoon and spent about three hours wandering around the gardens. The staff at the ticket office were helpful and friendly and the coffee van was able to take advantage of the sunshine and offer lovely outdoor seating for the delicious chocolate brownie and banana bread we had.
The gardens really are spectacular, a selection of divided areas including a wildflower meadow and a wilderness and several water features. It is not a huge garden so was ideal for my 80 year old aunt but there is a lot of variety and it is very well maintained. I took over a hundred photos so it was hard to choose ones to keep as there were so many photogenic vistas and details.
Written May 31, 2021
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,527 contributions
May 2021
This garden has a number of different areas from formal to very informal. There is some lovely 'humorous' topiary and a Monet-style bridge. Some lovely vistas. There has been some serious garden design over the years. Plants are mostly well labelled.

The house is not visitable. It would be interesting to know some of the history of the place.

Light refreshments are available from a van in the garden
Written May 11, 2021
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