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“Beautiful and amazing place to visit!”
Review of Coton Manor Garden

Coton Manor Garden
Ranked #5 of 81 things to do in Northampton
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

My family and I (5 adults) visited Coton Manor Garden in September 2012, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the visit. We were visiting Northamptonshire just after peak season, so many of the nearby attractions (Althorp, Lamport Hall, Holdenby Hall) were closed for the season or during the week, so we were quite happy to find Coton Manor open on a Tuesday! The admission of £6 per adult was quite reasonable, we felt, and there is so much to see! There are several different types of gardens, and they give you a map so that you can make a circuitous route through it and see it all! Best place to start is by the house where you can appreciate their beautiful lawn, the terraced gardens and rose gardens and enjoy the beautiful large pond. Moving on to the Woodland area, there are beautiful trees to admire, as well as a horse farm next door (where you can see the beautiful horses grazing) and the Manor itself has 2 pigs and there were 6 adorable little piglets!! We also enjoyed the Bog Garden, Water Garden, Orchards, the Meadow and Bluebell Wood. Sadly, since it was not bluebell season, it was not as ornate as during the Spring, but it was still beautiful. The gardens are full of wildlife as well- in addition to the horses and the pigs, there are geese and swans, chickens, flamingoes (yes, you read that right!) and ducks, and the friendly macaw Rodney, who has a perch near the cafe. It's a fascinating place, and a wonderful place to take pictures. You are allowed to walk through at your own pace, and there are various places to sit down and rest for minute, or just take in the beauty before moving on.

The Manor also has a very nice small cafe where you can buy tea, coffee (or try their homemade cider!) and other beverages, and enjoy a scone or some cake if you want just a snack, or sandwiches and crisps, soups or pastas if you're hungrier. The Garden Shop also has plants and gardening supplies and tools, greeting cards, seeds and more! They also sell their own cider and jams. We tried the Apple Pear jam, which is very, very good! We bought some to bring home to the US with us after having it on a scone in the cafe. YUM!

Overall, a wonderful place to visit. The admission price is very reasonable, and it's just so gorgeous. I think we spent approximately 2 or 3 hours there, and that was enough to see just about everything, shop and have a snack. You could spend a lot longer there, though!! My mother was disappointed that we couldn't also see inside the house (she loves to tour homes), but maybe that will be in the future? :) We did see the owner when we were first entering the garden area- he was just coming out of the house, and was very friendly. He thanked us for coming by, and told us where to start, with the terraced gardens. We would definitely recommend this to everyone visiting Northamptonshire!

1  Thank zippyincolumbus
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

I can not rave about these gardens enough, they are just wonderful in every season!

My favourate season at Cotton Manor is Spring, there is a bluebell wood which you can walk through, it's beautiful!

There are a variety of animals wandering around the grounds, including flamingos, chickens...

A fabulous place to visit for a mooch around the gardens and lunch.

The Tea Rooms truely are fab, all the food is homemade and you can eat in the tearooms or outside in the courtyard.

There is a great plant shop, filled with unusualy plants and they even hold gardenings talks, presentations at certain times of the year in part of the main house.

The house is not open to the public but once you have visited you will realise that it's truely the gardens that make it worth a visit.

I would recommend this place to individuals, families, children and the elderly, it's got something for everyone

Thank greenfriendly
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

After meandering through the plant nursery(the nurseyman really knows his subject. He his incredibly knoweldgeable ! We stopped off for lunch . Soup of the Day, Buttered Roll and a piece of true home made Cake...YUM! Enjoyed the floor show given by the resident mackaw parrot, who was left to freely fly where he wished, but during our visit stayed permanantly on his perch and posed for any camera pointed in his direction. He is a real show off! To sit in the dappled shade in the courtyard enjoying good quality home made food, made our 1st visit to Coton Manor an enjoyable time. We shall most certainly visit here again soon.

2  Thank Sioux1954
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

A really beautiful garden to visit - superb planting with some unusual plants, well labelled. Mouth-watering colour combinations, manicured lawns, lovely hard-landscaping, a small lake, a rill, woodland walks - & one or two surprises! The owners are welcoming and very "hands-on", there's a very pleasant cafe with tables inside & out where the food is well-presented, appetising & reasonably priced. There's a good range of plants for sale in the Stable Yard near the cafe & a lot more in the surprisingly large nursery area, again at reasonable prices.
This was our third visit - lots to see, whatever time of year you visit. Highly recommended!

Thank BobblenoseWarwicks
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

Friendly staff. Superbly kept garden. Inside/outside cafe. Great place to spend an hour or two.
Sensible entrance fee. Close to Cottesbrooke Hall Garden and Althorp.

Thank Philip N
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