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“The Bonnet Lily”

Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Ponds with bonnet water lilies and tropical gardens surround this historic 35-acre 1921 courtyard style waterfront home, whose artistic and innovative owners, famed artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife Evelyn, made equally beautiful inside.
Reviewed February 17, 2014

A tour everyone should do when visiting Ft.Lauderdale0
This piece of land so close to A1A, but so quillet and makes you feel like being in an other century.

Thank Jacobus1951
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

Three of us toured the buildings and grounds yesterday. I have lost count of the number of houses we have visited over the years, but this one ranks as number one in my book. The house was a real home, and all of the furnishings, paintings, statues and even the dishes are original to the family what must have had wonderful times there in the winter months. I knew very little about the Bartlett family, and was pleased that the tour guide knew so much (she had known Evelyn). Our guide thus gave us a very insightful journey, not only through the buildings, but into the hearts and minds of these people.

We also took the tram ride around the property. The driver was a book of knowledge on the plants and trees that the Bartletts had gathered from around the world. We were also fortunate enough to be there while the staff was setting up for an evening wedding. I offered my services as a minister, but they already had one. Shucks.

I am in a wheelchair. Both guides went out of their way to help me. I really appreciated that. My only small complaint was that the driveways to the visitors entrance are slippery gravel, which made it very hard to maneuver my chair. But other than that, I recommend this tour to you! It is not Vazcaya. It is by far a much more unique and personal home. I am so glad that Evelyn donated the house and 35 acres of land to be held in trust forever.

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Reviewed February 14, 2014

So, Fort Lauderdale is not only gorgeous beach, satisfying restaurants and interesting waterways. It is also home to the Bonnet House museum. Friendly, knowledgeable tour guides spend a little over an hour taking visitors through parts of the plantation style home and some of the gardens of one of the early settlers of the Fort Lauderdale area. Part house tour and part art museum the house has an interesting blend of the South and the distinctive tastes of its owners.
Certainly well worth a visit (but definitely not for children.)

A note on the price of admission. You will spend at least an hour and a half on a guided tour, at least another half hour roaming parts of the gardens and possibly opt for a tram tour. This is one of the last wild, green spaces in this whole area. The upkeep of such a treasure must be onerous. The cost of admission ($20) is well worth what you can see and learn.

Thank NellieNyack_NY
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

This is not for everyone. Just for history buffs, the artistically inclined, people who like idiosyncratic people, interior design afficionados, and people like them. Our volunteer guide was wonderful, funny, full of interesting tidbits of Florida history, and about the family who lived here. The house was not just another 100 room mansion; it is a house that was really lived in by people who decorated it themselves to their own somewhat odd taste. We loved it.

Thank travelhappi
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

The early settlers of south FL. knew how to live. They were artists with great taste and quirkiness. The house is amazing and the grounds are beautiful. It is wonderful that they left this legacy for all to experience.

Thank rhea d
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