Nunwell House and Gardens

Nunwell House and Gardens, Isle of Wight: Address, Nunwell House and Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Nunwell House and Gardens
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juneduffy432
Epsom, UK243 contributions
Small attraction that is only open on Mondays.
Jun 2019 • Couples
There are 2 house tours a day, and you don't need to pre-book. The tours are 1:30 and 3.00pm. The cost if £8, or you can just visit the pretty garden for £5. We were the only 2 people on the 3pm tour and it was very interesting and informative. The house has connections with Charles 1st, which fitted it with our visit to Carisbrooke Castle. It is still a family home, so it is delightful that you can see and hear about the past history of the house.
Written June 22, 2019
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Questers
Weston super Mare, UK46 contributions
Somewhat undersold.
May 2019 • Couples
In a peaceful setting with coastal views to the East, Nunwell is rich in history. Visitors should allow time for nearby Brading church, specifically the funerary monuments to the Oglander builders of Nunwell. Understandably perhaps, our volunteer guide's knowledge seemed limited to cue cards. Charles I's fabled overnight stay was the focal point of the tour; overlooked however was the significance of the Oglanders in the story of Wight's most illustrious son; pioneering scientist and polymath Robert Hooke whose father taught the Oglander children, furthering his professional standing and prospects in the process. Nunwell is very much a family home, free from the stuffiness of institutionalised heritage attractions; advertising and hospitality are minimal; during 2019 it is open on Mondays only until July; on Spring Bank Holiday, the first day of the open season the tea room was closed; all perhaps reflecting owners content to receive only the most inquisitive of visitors.
Written June 7, 2019
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Clivel_98
Hereford, UK1,474 contributions
Garden visit only : lovely with great owners
May 2019 • Friends
We had a private visit round the gardens as part of our local garden club trip.

The owners are a lovely couple: the lady makes all the cakes that are served with the teas and coffees, and the cakes are as light as a cloud and with fantastic tastes.

The gardens are well laid out with a good range of different plants, including a good selection of scented roses, along with alliums and many others.

A lovely quiet place with views to die for.
Written May 26, 2019
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bjh402
London, UK25 contributions
A tranquil country garden
May 2019
Our local garden group visited the garden only privately recently. We were made most welcome by the owners who were available all the time to answer any questions we had about the planting. A large garden with roses and herbaceous borders full of a variety of plants, shrubs and trees which had been planted at different times over the previous two centuries. Gently sloping paths lead to a walled garden, mainly grassed within and home to 2 pygmy goats ( fenced in for our visit) and some chickens. Climbing up some steps lined with lavender gives a view towards the sea and over the surrounding countryside from the top.
Written May 25, 2019
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darrylt187
St Leonards-on-Sea, UK102 contributions
Fabulous visit
Oct 2018 • Solo
History comes to life with a guided tour of the house and a walk around the gardens. The family are very hospitable and take great care in welcoming people to their home. The carefully constructed tour steps back into time starting with the Edwardian era and ending with the Jacobean and Charles I stay.
Written October 1, 2018
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Nick_Taunton
Taunton, UK5 contributions
Excellent guided tour and lovely gardens
Jul 2018 • Couples
A bit of a hidden gem tucked away a short drive from Brading. We decided on the guided tour as well as the garden entry. The gardens are lovely, especially the rose beds which were full of beautiful scent on a hot sunny afternoon. The lavender lined steps were gorgeous as was the terrace with view to the sea. The guided tour was great, the guide brought the house and its history to life and made for an interesting and enjoyable 50 minutes. Highly recommended but check the opening times as it is a private house and only open on a limited number of days.
Written July 8, 2018
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Tanya-Glen
Dartford, United Kingdom327 contributions
Interesting afternoon
Jun 2018 • Couples
We walked from Brading to the house which was lovely, the owner greeted us and was friendly, we had about 20 mins to wait for our tour and had a look around the gardens.
The tour itself was very informative and interesting as the house has a lot of history.
No pictures are allowed within the house which is understandable as it is still a family home. If you get the chance to visit the church in Brading the Oglander family have ties to both.
Written June 24, 2018
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Pinkertonx
Hereford, UK1,595 contributions
Excellent formal gardens surrounding an impressive house
Sep 2017 • Couples
The gardens around the house comprise new and old - new herbaceous and mixed borders set in a garden with fine mature trees. The Hoheria sexstylosa was covered in snow white flowers; quite an amazing sight. Billowing plants and roses complemented the side garden, which lead to a semi-circular lawn, fronting the house, with extensive views over surrounding countryside. To the other side of the drive are the rose gardens and a large walled garden, which is going to be the next area of renovation.
Written September 15, 2017
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cqsj1014
Charleston, SC100 contributions
A Hidden Gem
Jul 2017 • Couples
There are not many family homes with such a well documented history which are still lived in by the current owners. The guided tour will give a great insight into the history of the house and gardens. Try to go on a sunny day when the views from the gardens are spectacular. It is only open on Monday and Tuesday afternoons so plan ahead for your visit.
Written July 10, 2017
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barry m
Bishops Stortford, UK306 contributions
So happy to have visited
Jun 2017 • Couples
Nunwell House and gardens is only open on a monday and tuesday and we were only on the island for a few days and happened to see it advertised so we went. We love gardens and there is something extra special about somewhere that it is easier to relate to than maybe a Trust or Heritage garden. We particularly enthused about the planting of the aliums which were below path level in a ditch so that the flowers were at shin high level as you walked past them. Stunning. Well kept garden, full of interest. The house tour was fascinating and we learnt about the history of Charles I in the house. Felt lucky to have been in the island on one of the days Nunwell was open. Well worth a visit, only a shame the tearoom was closed on our visit day.
Written June 16, 2017
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