We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Review of Hunte's Gardens

Hunte's Gardens
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Harrison's Cave and Hunte's Garden Combo Tour
More Info
and up
Half Day Barbados Tour: Harrison's Cave, Hunte's Gardens and Bathsheba
More Info
and up
Barbados Sightseeing Tour: Harrison's Cave, Gardens and St Nicholas Abbey
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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 January 17, 2014

This place is wonderful. Gardens spectacular and host Anthony amazing.
If you are visiting Barbados this is a must place to see.

2  Thank Jan T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (2,562)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

2,012 - 2,016 of 2,563 reviews

Reviewed January 17, 2014

Anthony Hunte has created a beautiful garden and we would have liked a longer visit but we were on a taxi trip with another couple from our hotel and we had to keep to a schedule. The garden is on many levels and each one offers up another vista. It is a photographer's delight. We were offered drinks at $5 and there was a large group of German visitors from a cruise ship visiting at the same time as us so didn't bother to wait for the drinks. Anthony had just lost his gardener so was looking for a replacement. Wonderful job for someone looking for a complete getaway from the stresses of life.

3  Thank Carole and Anth... H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 15, 2014

This was our very first visit to Barbados and during our one week holiday we went scuba diving, jet skiing, paddle boarding, horse riding, relaxing on the beach, Friday night at Oistins and the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, but visiting Hunte’s gardens was without doubt the most enjoyable activity of our holiday.

The garden was simply stunning and you have to walk round it several times to appreciate all the detail and lovely winding paths through the dense foliage. You cannot but help feeling instantly relaxed on entering this wonderful garden.

Mr Hunte will welcome you and invite you onto his balcony where you will view the garden from a higher level, just breathtaking. He will offer you home made carrot cake (the best we have ever tasted) his home made rum punch and my daughter had the best home made lemonade she has ever had (we used to drink it a lot when visiting Italy, but Mr Hunte’s is far superior). In fact we enjoyed the drinks and cake so much we had a second round, whereby he offered some of his whisky to top it all off! The house is fascinating and felt so welcoming we didn’t want to leave. We asked Mr Hunte about bus times back to our apartment and he insisted on taking us personally in his vehicle to Bathsheba to catch a bus from there, what an absolute gentleman.

Don’t be put off if you have teenagers either, we took our two with us to the garden and even though they did numerous activities on the island they agreed that this was definitely the best thing to see on Barbados. If you play the piano he will encourage you to play his grand piano next to the balcony as my daughter did.

We will visit Barbados again, hopefully sooner rather than later and we will be making Hunte’s gardens our first port of call.

4  Thank jill087
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 12, 2014

Idiosyncratic, luscious gardens. Charming host. Great Rum. Facility is an old sugar mill only partially restored. Don't miss it.

4  Thank nrobins
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 12, 2014

What a marvelous creation. So much to see, although small we could have spent hours just soaking it up. The few reviewers who say it's too small and question it's value for money have missed the point. At every turn there is a new tableau, vista, curiosity. It is the attention to detail, humour, intrigue that makes this a microcosm of artistry. Then to cap it all Anthony welcomes you onto his balcony to enjoy rum punch and carrot cake. Unique and memorable.

4  Thank steve g
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Hunte's Gardens also viewed

Bridgetown, Saint Michael Parish
Saint Thomas Parish, Barbados
Bathsheba, Saint Joseph Parish
Saint Peter Parish, Barbados

Been to Hunte's Gardens? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing