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“Enchanting gardens, pleasant cafe”
Review of West Green House

West Green House
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Hook
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A stunning ten acre garden restored by Australian garden designer Marylyn Abbott over the last twenty years. Combining a classical Lakefield design with a blend of formal and informal planting, English traditions and Australian flair, West Green offers intimacy and spectacle in a country setting. Access to the beautiful Victorian greenhouses is included and a visit to the formally planted vegetable garden is a must! West Green also offers a Tea Room and shop, is entirely accessible for those with limited mobility and each year hosts the West Green House Season of Music and Opera in July, Please note that West Green House is privately owned and not open to the general public.
Reading, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Enchanting gardens, pleasant cafe”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

These gardens are a delight, and feature the most spectacular walled garden we have seen anywhere, a super combination of well-kept flower garden and kitchen garden. The grounds around this centrepiece are attarctive, with lakes and sculptures, and not overly-large - a gentl 30 minute stroll will take in most things, but plenty of scope for enjoying for longer. Don't miss the small and eccentric chinese-pagoda-style hen house! The cafe serves light lunches and snacks, individually created and served in an unusual and restful courtyard setting.

Visited April 2012
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English first
Surrey, England
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Such A Surprise”
Reviewed April 16, 2012

We've been to some beautiful gardens (Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, Nymans, Monet's Garden) in our time, and this garden is up there with them. Because of all the box hedging and topiary, even in early spring when the borders are by no means full, there is still plenty of interest. There are traditional gardens (I would have loved to have seen the 10,000 tulips in the walled garden, but we visited just a little too early in the season). But there are also some new, quirky and innovative parts. We adored the Paradise Garden, with its modern fountains and mini-canals. The Garden of the Five Bridges was also pretty, with newly emerging foliage on the attractive trees throughout this part.
We had a light lunch of Italian meats and salad (£7.50), sat in a pretty courtyard with topiary teapots etc. There was some interesting stuff in the small gift shop, but it was monstrously expensive.
For the disabled and infirm, some of the paths are very narrow, and have uneven surfaces (old bricks etc). I think using a wheelchair would be very difficult, but there are masses of benches if you can walk a little distance, then sit and rest. The garden is not enormous.
Free entry for National Trust members on three days a week.

Visited April 2012
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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103 attraction reviews
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“Unusual garden”
Reviewed December 9, 2011

This is not a huge garden, but it's packed with quirky views and good planting.

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bucks,england
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“an unexpected treasure...”
Reviewed September 21, 2011

Delightful gardens with water features, orangery,fountains and lovely lakeside walk. Coffee, teas and lunches served in the conservatory or in the garden if fine. Unusual and imaginative gift shop. Open from Easter to September - Wednesdays,Saturdays and Sundays, but also mid November - mid December where they offer " a Country Collection of practical and price-conscious Christmas gifts...£10 and under". House privately owned and not open to the public. Gardens free to NT members but others £8.

Visited September 2011
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