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Fabulous Gardens - with the House as a Bonus

Great Dixter is a combination of three houses - a 1450 medieval great hall, a parlor and large... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Beth D
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Fairview, Texas
Fascinating gardens and house a bonus!

We visited Great Dixter on a beautiful Aumtun day and enjoyed wandering around the different... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2018
Alison M
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Reviewed July 25, 2017

We visited the garden for my wife's birthday. Jenny had been before but wanted another look. it didn't feel like good value somehow and the attitude of the tea room staff turned the experience sour.
The fact that it was drizzling is NOT the fault of the staff. We wanted a break from the rain and took shelter inside. The fact that the café had run out of anything savoury before 2 p.m. on a Sunday was their fault. And what really annoyed us was the way the girl said it! No apology, no warmth just "There is nothing, only cake". Then 20 minutes later we saw the same girl sat doing nothing in the shop! That kind of situation always reminds of Tavernas in Greece which will do anything to make sure you have a nice time (ok, and spend money!)

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank WhitstableMan
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Reviewed July 25, 2017

If you're in the area then this place is a nice way to spend 2-3 hours if you love natural wild gardens and old houses. The price for the garden was £9 which was a bit steep but it was a lovely walk with a brief stop at their garden cafe. The house itself is 15th century and only cost £2 extra. You only get to see three rooms (which always disappoints when you would like to see all the building) but it is very nice even though you have seen everything in about 20 minutes. So for £11 it was expensive especially if you know that any entire day at Battle Abbey and field is only £14.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Jay M
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Reviewed July 25, 2017

This day out would suit those that like historic houses and those nuts about gardening. There is also plenty of space to accommodate families. The staff are very helpful and superbly knowledgeable both in the house and the gardens. They have a nursery and the plants are very reasonably priced with expert staff on hand to offer help and advice about planting and what plant will go where. It is a fascinating place with a great heritage and has a 'special' feel about it.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Hilary B
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Reviewed July 24, 2017

A visit to Great Dixter is informal in every regard, the arrival, the parking the entrance, the ability to wander almost at will...it is all refreshingly accessible and low key as we would imagine the great man himself would have wanted.
The site itself is small, but the history of Christopher Lloyd (plantsman, BSc in Horticulture, lecturer and witty author) and his wonderful family is everywhere.There are touches and items on display in a relaxed way that make the man almost touchable, this is the joy of Dixter.
The planting is exceptionally ephemeral, there is not much clashing of colour, for which he is so famous, but there is just enough. What there is are rare perennials here and there that are wonderful to find.
During our visit there were several coach loads of folk aged 65 and up. It was a sorry sight to see some of them queuing in the heat with no shelter, for coffee in a paper cup. One elderly lady spilt hers as she negotiated the badly laid undulating grass in the Loggia. Being true to the spirit is one thing but I'm sure from what I've read about Mr Lloyd's love of socialising and company that he would not have wanted that.
(C.L. Quote page 9 The Adventurous Gardener: "Actually it's a great thing to have visitors, whether friends or total strangers..." )
Some serious investment in the refreshment area will ensure the enjoyment and longevity of this site. Repeat visiting will surely ensure revenue stream, which can be done tastefully as, dare I say it..at Sissinghurst, where the food and drinks tills were ringing).
The buildings and the medieval Hall in particular is not to be missed with one hiccup.
There are volunteers that are very kind but the moment you step in the door, you are hit with verbal information whether you asked or it or not.
Perhaps allow visitors to take the time to soak it up and they will ask you if they need or indeed want to. There is the danger that these kindly volunteers could become like bad music in a shop, you cant wait to get out. So ease off on the verbal assault where possible.
The carpenter Simon was enchanting to talk to about the small gates that he had a backlog of, and the young man under pressure in the gift shop was also very helpful and efficient.

It comes highly recommended BUT to enjoy it fully it is crucial to take your own food and hot drinks... To make the point clear: Why would you eat a basic white short baguette from the Rye Deli (down the road) for £4.50 at Great Dixter when you can buy it first the Rye Deli for £2.50?
This was quoted to us by some chuntering locals who were on their first visit to Dixter.
Irrespective of these issues, Great Dixter is a charitable Trust (always a worry?), it is £15 all up per adult for the house and the gardens.
It is well worth it particularly if you are familiar with Mr Lloyd's written works. Knowing some of his sayings before hand can bring things alive. It could be of great benefit to bring his words to life with some tastefully made wooden sings of his quotes.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank maryY7949FT
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Reviewed July 24, 2017 via mobile

Lush varied with interplay of colours. The gardens are overflowing with flowers in July. Squash limber over hay bales and it took control not to pluck items from the garden beds. Lovely stuff and an inspiration to gardeners. Good nursery as well, with plants from the gardens to buy and take away. Doubtful that the lilac blue sea holly would thrive in my window boxes I demurred. The mulberry tree was bearing fruit, and the banana trees were an unexpected joy!

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank CarolineJ22
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