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“over rated”

Great Dixter House & Gardens
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Northiam
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 5, 2012

this is a triumph of pr over content.A rather dull afternoon out .My wife was a little more generous being a plantswoman b ut not much.

5  Thank johnsul
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

We thought we would attend Great Dixter's Christmas fair. The weather wasn't great but, having been before, we thought we would take our parents to at least enjoy the house and besides, we were looking forward to exploring the stalls at the fair. Sadly, this was the most dissapointing 'Christmas fair' we have ever been to; there were only two rooms in use for the fair which consisted of about 15 stalls, none of which offered anything remotely Christmassy. There was a poorly decorated tree and little else in the way of decoration. The rest of the house was closed off and so could not be viewed. At £5 each for entry with no concessions for OAP's we all felt that it was an extortionate price for what amounted to a 20 minute walk around some stalls that you could probably visit at any other market you chose to visit.
If you are thinking of going next year, don't waste your money.

7  Thank Dancp083
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Well known garden designed by much respected garden designer Christopher Lloyd. To garden enthusiasts this destination is famous the world over and justifiably so. Beautiful gardens with lots of different sections to interest and educate. There is a little cafe with some covered seating (which came in handy when there was a sudden downpour). There is also a reasonably priced nursery section with a good selection of mainstream and more unusual plants.
You can also pay to go into the house as well as the garden which is worth doing. The attendants are very knowledgable about the gardens and seem to enjoy giving information on Christopher Lloyd's idiosyncratic ways.
Definitely a place to visit more than once, different seasons will reward visitors with different varieties of plants in bloom. I look forward to visiting again.

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

The approach to Great Dixter is not inspiring. As we followed our sat-nav through Northiam, we thought we were on a tour of suburbia, not on the way to one of the country's great gardens. When we arrived, the car park had all the welcome and attraction of a working farmyard, but undetered, we paid our money and went in.

How could you possibly describe the experience of viewing this garden? The answer is, with a great deal of difficulty! If you expect a polite, English garden, with manicured lawns, immaculate borders and harmonious colour schemes, you soon discover you've come to the wrong place. This is gardening with uninhibited passion, but executed with knowledge, experience and skill. The site is divided into a maze of spaces, some small and enclosed, some large and some open, all linked with paved stone paths and separated by a variety of openings, arches, doors and gates. Plants are everwhere, and on the narrower paths they push in and force their attention on you. Plant combinations are often unexpected or zany, and colour combinations may be anything from cool to discordant. It's a bravura performance that works brilliantly. But beware, the danger with coming here is that your view of gardening could be totally changed.

The house itself can only be described as Dickensian without a single stright or level line in it anywhere. The interior of the shop in the nursery area must be one of the most unique 'retail outlets' in the country. You expect to be served by Mr McGregor himself and see Benjemin Bunny sitting just outside the door nibbling lettuce.

If you like gardens and you haven't been, you must go whatever the time and trouble it takes to get there. As a hint, it's not too far from the Channel ports, so you could do as we did, and stop off on your way to the continent.

2  Thank ericbrownbill
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

Having seen great gardens all over the world this one is up there with the greatest. Full of planting invention, clever juxtapositions, with both subtle and brave colour combinations, based on a real depth of plant knowledge and artistic flair. It retains its respect for the historic site and Lutyens' features, but the planting is as cutting-edge and contemporary as it gets.
Great Dixter hasn't been spoiled and sanitised like many great gardens -it still has the feel of somebody's home with the outbuildings still acting as working units. The site isn't too tidy or over-neatened -a perfect, real English garden.
There are unusual and rare plants for sale, an excellent gift shop and the tea and cakes were a perfect complement to the glorious golden autumn day of this, our first ever, visit. Heavenly! Can't wait to visit again in spring and summer!

1  Thank VictoriaBath
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