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“For lovers (of life, of walking, of dogs, of nature, of landscape, of art, of history and of beauty)”
Review of Painshill Park

Painshill Park
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Cobham
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Owner description: Painshill is a beautiful award-winning 18th century landscape garden in Surrey. The 158 acre wonderland has something for everyone and makes a great family day out. Discover the mystical follies, historic plantings, the John Bartram Heritage Collection of North American trees and shrubs (Plant Heritage, NCCPG), and some of Surrey's amazing wildlife. You can spend a whole day at Painshill or there are shorter accessible routes around the Serpentine Lake. Dogs on short leads are welcome. Bring a picnic or visit Hamilton's Tea Room. Visit the Painshill Shop for gifts, greeting cards and to buy Painshill English Sparkling Wine.
Reviewed June 3, 2013

I was invited to attend a low-key classic car show hosted at Painshill Park and had no real expectations of the environment I was to visit other than assuming it was going to be just something like the parkland surrounding many great country houses. Not so - for a start there is no house!

This is just a landscape park; greatly along the lines of Stowe or Stourhead I consider. The aim of the gentleman designer who built these gardens was a reflection of his own Grand Tour travels. There is an original intentional route leading round the gardens, which a visitor does well to follow, designed to introduce each vista to the eye with the most aesthetic advantage.

The Wikipedia article gives a good introduction to the subject of Painshill - something a little lacking at the moment from the attractions own website. You may actually want to avoid learning too much before visiting and just encounter each vista as it was perhaps fully intended - a delight to behold with an element of surprise adding to the experience.

I concluded there is a narrative embedded into this place as clearly as a poet, painter or composer places concious and subconscious expression into their creative works. Anyone interested in finding meaning encoded into this work of landscape-art should be richly rewarded although I fancy each interpretation will be one uniquely of your own.

I can recommend this as a fine place to visit for lonely introspection, romantic walks, matrimonial proposals, long picnic lunches, outings with pushchairs and prams, adventurers with young explorers, getting together with the family and friends, keeping trim and keeping fit, passing the time in a place you have grown to love and a place for reflecting over a life lived and those you have loved.

This site is uniquely placed on a good route out of central London and on the M25 so visits are a snap. This would make the venue especially good for events, such a the car show I enjoyed or for weddings, corporate events, school outings and much more I have no doubt.

3  Thank cerfuffle
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

I had not been to Painshill for 15 years or so and am amazed at the progress made with this outstanding landscape garden. We will certainly be going back a bit sooner!
The views are outstanding and the lake walk is just the right length! Unfortunately the grotto was not open as were were a bit early.

Thank phildavey
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Reviewed May 16, 2013 via mobile

We had never visited before but it was a beautiful day out. The grounds are well maintained and especially walking along the riverside with all the geese and ducks.
We enjoyed it so much that we became members to keep visiting! We only walked half way and will be returning for many more visits!

Thank Laura_DFG
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

We visited this park on nice sunny day. The entry is reasonable. We bought take away coffee but after finishing it by the first ruins next to the lake, we could not find any bin for some time (not until the water wheel).
Also bear in mind that due to the ducks and geese, there is loads of 'pooh' everywhere around the waters edge, so you have to be careful where you walk.

Apart from that the walk was lovely. There are many beautiful spots to take photos and on our way back we also bought one bottle of rose wine they produce in their own vineyard.

Thank Zabka
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

The expanse of Painshill Park is brilliant. Lovely to see the geese and ducks on the late. The Turkish tent, Follies galore are just part of the appeal of the park.
Having its own vineyard and steeped in history, we are so lucky that its been restored to its former fabulous glory.
Reasonable entry and a nice cafe, its one of the most relaxing places for a walk, loads of parking and lots to see. The daffodils were in full bloom and the recent restoration/building work has improved the park. Lovely to get lost as its large enough to feel private.

1  Thank mmcgp
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