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Hunte's Gardens
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: You might hear this garden before you see it; its delightfully eccentric owner,Anthony Hunte BCH, plays classical music throughtout the garden. this is the working end of old Castle Grant plantation, where sugar cane was once processed into syrup. Step through the gate and you'll soon tread on the old weigh bridge, where loads of cane were tallied. Just past the old stone outbuildings, where statues lurk among exotic plants, you'll find yourself on the lip of a great, hemispherical sinkhole in the limestone substrate. Steps lead down and paths branch out through an exquisite profusion of flowering plants, with towering trees around the edges. Both here and farther along the top are a series of small secret gardens, where you can sit to absorb the serenity and enjoy a picnic. Be sure to climb the upper level steps to Mr. Hunte's house, a transformation of the old stables. He'll invite you for refreshments-including his legendary rum punch or freshly made lemonade (for sale)-on his glorious, antique studded verandah overlooking the garden. If you're lucky, he'll tell you tales, and you will surely leave with some of your own. If you're driving, follow the red and white signs that read Hunte's Gardens, from all over the island. Or, come by taxi. If you take the local bus from the Fairchild Street Bus Stand in Bridgetown it's #5 Sugar Hill Bus - Bds$2 each way.
Reviewed April 3, 2013

There are some very extensive tropical gardens and preserved areas in Barbados which, though beautiful, can be exhausting in the heat. The beauty of Hunte's garden is in smaller scale which suited our energy at the time. The first impression is theatrical with flowers, flowering trees, trees of all sizes lining the huge bole. Pathways are laid out, with seats and tables in shady spots at different levels where we just sat and enjoyed what was there. Anthony Hunte's only assistant was delightful and knowledgeable, and explained how he and Anthony managed the garden , absolutely full time work, to give the artless and stunning effect. Parts of the garden are still under development. We didn't meet Anthony as he was ill that day, and I suspect rather idiosyncratic with collections of a bygone era which are more than just museum pieces but having significance to the owner. Delicious home made cake and rum punch, lemonade and other drinks were welcome in the convivial environment. It is on the map but not widely advertised, so follow the reliable red on white signs which will get you there.

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Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

The gardens are pretty, set down in a sinkhole, with many large palm trees towering above. However, the gardens are not too extensive, and other gardens have more variety. No labeling of flora, which I wanted. Somewhat overpriced even for Barbados.

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Reviewed March 30, 2013

A fabulous sink hole garden with an affable hoast. Very humoid but well worth a visit - take your camera - the plants and trees are spectacular!

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Hunte’s Garden isn't included on commercial Barbados tours. We arranged to meet Cameron Reid, a well-respected and knowledgeable local guide, at the cruise dock with his van. He took us first to see homes of the “rich & famous” and we enjoyed a scenic drive through rural Barbados en route to the Garden.
Anthony Hunte, whose family has lived on Barbados since the 17th century, was at the garden gate to greet us in person. He explained how he had set up and developed the dramatic, quarry-like site into a couple of beautiful acres. The range of colorful plants today is amazing. At the top of a steep hill stands a surreal, Alice-in-Wonderland style house, full of strange furniture and family momentos (even a signed 1964 photo of the Duke of Edinburgh) and gifts for sale. Maria Callas’ taped voice enhanced the visual effect. Anthony asserted that he had married Callas AFTER she died so he could switch her voice on/off at will!
Quite unlike any commercial attraction we have seen anywhere, with a uniquely intimate atmoshere, we strongly recommend you include the Garden on your tour of the island.

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Reviewed March 25, 2013

I was close to miss it and went to Hunte´s Gardens only thanks to a nice Israel-Swedish couple urging me to do that immediately after they had been there and they did it in such impressive way I first searched also net and saw so many nice comments that have outlined the garden as Barbados most beloved spot. You ever wish to see how the paradise might look like, go to Hunte´s Gardens. Being from Estonia where winters can be minus 20-30, summers are short and the nature is nice but rather different the Hunte´s garden offered the best overview of the rich nature in tropical climate. Anthony Hunte whose family has lived in Barbados for centuries has done a brilliant job and enriched the planet with remarkable garden. Thousands of flowers, bushes and trees he has planted there, most from Caribbeans but many also from all around the world where he has been (and is still) collecting them during all his life of which most since his 20s he has worked as gardener. Please also account while people most likely tell you that only way to reach the Hunte´s garden is taxi, you can also visit the place by bus from Bridgetown bus station, the stop is just near the entrance to garden and every bus driver knows the place. Since I was told no bus, I went by taxi but luckily declined the offer of the driver to wait for me, as the hour followed the hour and I lost any sense of time in that magic garden until almost evening. There are many lovely places in the garden just to take a seat and you can also listen the classical music Anthony Hunte likes to share with flowers and bushes and majestic palm trees - and visitors. I admired also how much energy he is sharing greeting all visitors personally at home, telling over and over the story of the garden, doing all that after many early morning hours work at the garden. You never know whether you are one of the few visitors during all day or one of many, the garden is opened 7 days a week all year and seldom closed down and once you have been there its very likely you will long back and highlight it as one of the nicest memories in Barbados.

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