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“A perfect spot for all ages”
Review of Furzey Gardens

Furzey Gardens
Ranked #1 of 3 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.
Christchurch, Dorset
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180 reviews
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“A perfect spot for all ages”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

This was my first visit to Furzey Gardens despite living in the area for 30 years! It won't be the last visit though. This is a really magical spot to visit for all ages. Not at all commercialised which made to extra special. Beautiful gardens that are well maintained and lovely paths to wander along. Keep your eyes open for the fairy doors though! Apparantly there are 40 but we only found 15! My 4 year old granddaughter was in her element as she tried to find the little doors. Super play area too where little ones can use their imagination in the boat. Well worth evey penny.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Katherine A
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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Magical home of the Fairies.”
Reviewed July 29, 2014

We visited Furzey gardens recently...the most magical place. Beautifully laid out gardens surrounded by woodland ,shady tracks and hideouts...with fairy doors to find, tucked away in secret places. There's a large lake smothered with water lilies and wonderful grottos, a tree house and hide-holes to explore and an absolutely amazing scarecrow riding a bicycle in the kitchen garden of the 16th century cottage.
It's a charity and well worth supporting. Well thought out - no tacky tat - quality gifts and a friendly tearoom.

Visited June 2014
Thank Diane A
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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Peaceful retreat”
Reviewed July 29, 2014

Beautiful gardens, set on a sloping plot, a good size for an afternoon (or morning) stroll, with plenty of paths leading to numerous nooks and crannies. A large variety of plants. Spot the fairy doors as you move around the gardens! Delightful tea rooms, with a range of refreshments available.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Eileen R
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“Magical day out for eagle eyed children”
Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

If you love beautiful gardens and your children love faeries then this is a marriage made in heaven. Beautiful gardens sprinkled with fairy magic and lots of little homes for observant and inquisitive children to find: our record is 27! The gardens also serve a purpose beyond being a simple tourist attraction so you feel good knowing you are supporting a worthy cause. The best thing: no commercial tat in the shop but lovely home items. Our 3rd visit and we'll be back for more!

1 Thank Tamsin D
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Beautiful gardens, with a commendable purpose”
Reviewed July 18, 2014

A gem of a garden, beautiful setting, lots to see, of interest to young and old. Friendly, helpful staff, yummy cakes, good gift shop. A lovely way to spend a couple of hours - and all in a good cause.

Visited July 2014
3 Thank Elaine H
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