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“Wonderful day out”
Review of Furzey Gardens

Furzey Gardens
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Minstead
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located in Minstead, Hampshire, in the heart of New Forest yet just off the end of the M27, this informal 10 acre woodland garden contains an extensive collection of rare and beautiful plants from around the world. In the spring, banks of Azaleas and Rhododendrons dazzle with colour, secret paths lead through drifts of primulas and bulbs to quiet glades, while viewing areas provide outlooks over the New Forest. Flowering shrubs and trees continue the interest through the summer with a blaze of autumn colour at the end of the year.In the water garden flowering and foliage plants thrive both in and out of the lake, enhanced by a collection of conifers.Our award winning Chelsea Garden has been wonderfully recreated overlooking the lake after winning GOLD at RHS Chelsea in 2012.The waterfall leads into our reinstated water meadow.The gardens are wonderful for children. The shady play area has play houses, swing and even a "dry docked" play boat. There are plenty of places to picnic and play hide and seek. The gardens also hold a secret, there are over 30 tiny fairy doors hidden throughout the garden. Our wildflower meadow and cottage garden are great for spotting wildlife and you can take a step back in time when you enter our historic Furzey cottage. Delicious locally made cakes and sandwiches are available in the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop, which has plenty of seating inside, comfortable sofas upstairs and a pretty outside terrace overlooking the gardens. Browse the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop which showcases and sells a variety of local art, crafts and gifts including work undertaken by the students from the Minstead Training Trust. Those visitors who like to go home with a souvenir of the leafy variety will enjoy looking around our plant sales area where plants are very competitively priced. The Gardens are open all year round, and the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop is open from the beginning of March to the end of October 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm (last orders at 4.15pm). The Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop is free to enter and browse and enjoy a coffee, cake or light refreshment. Entry to the Gardens is by a set minimum donation, please pay in the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop. When the Gallery Gift and Coffee shop is closed please place donations in the box provided. The entry donation goes towards the upkeep of the gardens and to the work of the Charity in providing opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.
Reviewed July 26, 2013

Just had a wonderful day here , not easy to find , we followed someone who had been before and she just about remembered! But I don't want it easy to find and everyone going as you don't want it spoilt by too many people.The staff are helpful gave us all maps , told the children about fairy doors to find and off they ran , kids love exploring all the beautiful wooden houses tucked away in all the greenery , little paths for them to follow through and around bushes , they can explore and run around safely , it's magical . I don't know about plants but I found it beautiful and you can't help but notice how beautifully it's all arranged and kept . Loads of space to picnic , cafe there too , patio to sit out on too, gifts and plants available to buy as we'll , plants very reasonable in price. Can't wait to return there and take my husband this time , kids loved it . Not expensive at all family ticket 2 adults 3 kids £19.50 which is great value for a day out . This place is a hidden gem , go along you can't go wrong , kids love it x

2  Thank fishheadbroth
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

A very special garden to visit - went with six and 1.5 year old and both enjoyed it equally. So nice to visit somewhere that is better than expectations. Also a wonderful cause. Recommend for children and adults :)

2  Thank Lisa186361
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

A magical place to visit but needs perseverance to find. Free parking. Tea rooms with seating inside and out on the patio; toilets; small shopping area. Plants for sale. Seating and picnic areas throughout the garden
Various entry prices. As two adults paid £7 each which was well worth the money.

After a short briefing we collected our map and off we went following the path, which you do not have to keep to.

The child in us came out when we found the first ‘fairy house’. As well as enjoying the charms and delights of the garden we thought we would look for the other houses.

The play area is enchanting for children. The Chelsea Garden, magical.

We asked a gardener for the name of a tree and asked for about suitability. All our questions were answered fully along with welcomed advice.

We visited the Bug hotel and Dragon Fly Den. An educational area. There was a microscope to examine the wildflowers.

Before leaving we explored Furzey Cottage, well worth the climb up the short staircase.

The paths are stoney and it's not that easy to get around with a wheelchair in some areas.

3  Thank ItchyfeetDorset
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

we spend a good few hours walking round the gardens and looking for fairy doors on trees it was lovely also we had a snack in there cafe which was reasonably priced as well a few hours well spent at a reasonable price for entrance

2  Thank dianefarnborough
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

A very nice garden to visit but made special for young children by the promise of fairies! My two granddaughters dashed about showing me tiny doors in the trees, there was even fairy dust proving they had moved in. Letters were left by the doors and we even picked up pictures of fairies along the way.
There is a cottage with a beautifully kept vegetable garden, inside depicts the family who once lived there, upstairs twelve children and Dad all asleep head to toe on one long pallet! My granddaughter aged four was worried that they were all dead!
Inside the centre there is a shop a cafe and a gallery.

1  Thank Wisebirdy
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