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Denmans Garden

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Lunch with good friends

It is years since my last visit and it had obviously changed hands. The decor was different, gone... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Maureen M
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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
Magical place!

We enjoyed tea here on Saturday. Tearoom is looking lovely with excellent choices including gluten... read more

Reviewed August 24, 2019
Dolly186406
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Enjoy beautiful gardens designed by John Brookes.
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Denmans Denmans Lane, Fontwell BN18 0SU, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is years since my last visit and it had obviously changed hands. The decor was different, gone the blackamoor statues and the menu was unrecognisable.Hitherto there was a really wonderful selection of homemade desserts all on display and the menu was different I ordered...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank Maureen M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Atmospheric Garden, not too manicured just a lovely, well thought out space, we were lucky enough to have the garden to ourselves which was extra special. Lovely open plan tea shop with some tables under the treesMore

Date of experience: September 2019
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Gwendolyn v, Owner at Denmans Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, Christine, Thank you so much for your review. You are so right -- the garden is not manicured but it is being renovated and well-maintained. You seem to understand the difference. John Brookes loved the garden for its relaxed feel which is in part...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were recommended to visit the Denmans garden and we were not disappointed. An exquisite garden, well tended and excellently planned. The lady in the shop gave us extensive information and this was very welcome. There are quite a few seats to stop and reflect...More

Date of experience: September 2019
2  Thank Roger W
Reviewed August 24, 2019

We enjoyed tea here on Saturday. Tearoom is looking lovely with excellent choices including gluten free cakes etc. Everything has been given a bit of a lift. It looked rather sad the last time we popped in. We intend coming earlier in the day next...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 13, 2019 via mobile

The most beautiful gardens, wonderfully maintained by the staff. The planting combinations are stunning. A lovely cafe too and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. The lovely lady in the entrance deserves a special mention. She truly loved the gardens and spoke very fondly...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed July 28, 2019

Initially, it was a dull morning when my Wife and I visited but there is certainly nothing dull about these stupendous gardens and the staff. Initially, we met the enthusiastic Pauline in the Gift Shop who told us that the gardens had inspired Beth Chatto...More

Date of experience: July 2019
2  Thank UKTerry
Reviewed July 3, 2019

Had been planning to go to Denmans for some time as long term fans of John Brookes. Gardens are excellent, very nicely maintained and full of interesting detail. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The restaurant is modern, a pleasant contrast to the usually...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank MarkL2012
Gwendolyn v, Owner at Denmans Garden, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2019

Hi, Mark, thank you very much for your lovely review of Denmans Garden and our facilities. We have an amazing and dedicated team who take great pride in working in this beautiful, unique garden and it is good to know that you enjoyed your visit....More

Reviewed July 2, 2019

This was a delightful surprise. The more you look the more you see. A garden design that gives a relaxed feel with lots of plant interest. Plenty of seats to rest and take in the many aspects of the garden. Came away inspired. There's a...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Ruth W
Gwendolyn v, Owner at Denmans Garden, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2019

Hello, Ruth, thank you very much for your kind review of Denmans Garden. I love that you call it 'relaxed' because that is just what John Brookes MBE, one of Britain's mosts prolific and influential landscape designers, thought of it -- and he called it...More

Reviewed June 30, 2019

After being so disappointed in 2016, with everything overgrown and unkept, I said I would never come back!! A friend then told me it has been taken over and lots of work had taken place. Last week I did go back and what a transformation...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank AngeJ54
Gwendolyn v, Owner at Denmans Garden, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2019

Dear Ange, How wonderful to know you have come back despite your vow -- and that you found the garden so much improved. Our team has worked very hard to turn the garden around and back into the extraordinary place that John Brookes MBE and...More

Reviewed June 23, 2019

We visited these gardens and were delighted by them. Everything was looking good, they are well loved and cared for and the design is sort of wild but ordered, simply beautifully put together and something to admire from every point of view. Every turning brought...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank John N
Gwendolyn v, Owner at Denmans Garden, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2019

Hello, John, You are completely right -- the design is sort of wild but ordered. Joyce Robinson, who started the garden, called it "glorious disarray" and John Brookes MBE, who also lived here for over 35 years and who was one of Britain's most influential...More

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Tony H
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Response from MarkHarrisonUK |
It did, but it's re-opened. The person now running it had worked with John Brookes in the USA for years, and clearly loves the gardens rather than seeing them as a money-maker.
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