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Lovely on a sunny day

Although autumn, there were many summer flowers in bloom in the walled garden. In the early 19th... read more

Reviewed October 6, 2018
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Nice woodlands

A little disappointed there was no guide book. In fact there was no shop at all and because of a... read more

Reviewed September 12, 2018
David D
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Goodnestone CT3 1PL, England
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Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

Although autumn, there were many summer flowers in bloom in the walled garden. In the early 19th century, Jane Austen was a frequent visitor to Goodnestone and would have walked through the gardens to the nearby church. There are some very old trees including a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 09SueP
Reviewed September 20, 2018

Lots of areas roped off, a horrible empty pond and plenty of very unkempt plants. Also some ungrateful inhabitant of the big house shouted at us telling us we weren't allowed on the parterre - so why have a footpath marked on the maps that...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Neil L
Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

A little disappointed there was no guide book. In fact there was no shop at all and because of a wedding the cafe was also closed. More could be done to inform the visitor of the history of the house and park. I believe Jane...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

We took a group of older retired folk to Goodnestone for an afternoon trip. We were warmly welcome and could not have received better attention. The gardens were absolutely beautiful and there were plenty of seats around for people to sit and enjoy the garden....More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank raypcs109
Reviewed July 30, 2018

Along with the soul of the late Lady Margaret it seems like the magic of Goodnestone Park is slowly fading. For more than 30 visits we were absolutely overwhelmed by the beauty of this 5* place, but recent visits left us increasingly dissapointed. We do...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 15, 2018

I was surprised and a little annoyed to see some less than kind reviews on here recently, so after visiting for the first time with my wife a couple of days ago, I'd like to say how much we enjoyed these beautiful gardens in a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank GPL369
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

If you have a soul, it appears some don’t, and can absorb the quiet beauty of the gardens and the breathtaking walled gardens and have a knowledge of plants and are open to learning you will be richly rewarded. The gardeners including the charming head...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 14, 2018

We love Goodnestone Garden. Not only are the plants magnificent and beautiful to behold there is a gentleness and warmth in the atmosphere of the garden that draws us back every weekend!! My favourite place on the planet.... the tea rooms are delightful and dare...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 1, 2018

Visited a week ago . Such a lovely garden but dismayed to see so many of the plants- particularly the roses, suffering from lack of water. Yes......we haven't had rain for a long time now.....but clearly a distinct lack of watering. The owners of Goodnestone...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Jo A
Reviewed June 23, 2018

I went with a group of fellow gardeners. We were given a lively informative talk by the Head Gardener and saw a lot of plants that we hadn’t encountered before, some of which were on sale. The weather was kind, the views towards the church...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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September 2, 2018|
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Response from Jo A | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we took a picnic and found a nice bench to sit on in the wooded area.
Carolyn N
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Response from Jo A | Reviewed this property |
Yes I'm sure you can