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“Hidden Gem”
Review of West Green House

West Green House
Ranked #2 of 16 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.
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Just off the A30 at Hartley Whitney. Well signposted and easy to find. We only found out about this hidden gem after spotting it in the Natinal Trust Handbook. Free if you are a member otherwise £8. We spent a couple of hours here. The gardens are extremely well kept and well worth more than one visit to catch the seasons. Plenty of footpaths around if you want to combined a walk in the surrounding countryside.

Thank Anne M
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

Very glad we stopped off to view this attraction last week and spent a couple of happy hours wandering around. The gardens are ravishingly attractive, beautifully laid out, marrying neo-classical style with quirky contemporary design in its very different garden areas. This is a big part of its charm, with a fine 18th century manor house as a backdrop. We started with a light lunch in the delightfully decorated tea room (had very polite, attentive service) and then followed the meandering path though the walled garden, Victorian moongate, persian style water garden, restored lake field, garden of the five bridges, edible hedges and dragon garden and loved it all. Obviously, nothing much was out this time of year but we enjoyed the daffodils & narcissi by the lake and the promise of things to come. Only drawback was the tiny shed with communal loos, which was a bit of weird experience. Will definitely visit this garden again later in the season for half a day.

1  Thank april7258
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

Given the brutal winter we have had this garden is in amazing condition, you can see this has been very well looked after. The daffs and the snowdrops are out in full bloom, but not a lot else at the moment. This garden is interesting, there's a stepped waterfall, fountains and an olde worlde waterpump feature, I expect it still works. The pathways have been well planned to take you on a journey of discovery but with a nip in the air I didn't want to hang around outside for too long. When we had finished our walk there was a welcoming coffee shop offering warmth and treats. I can see the preparations have been made for a full frontal assault of breathtaking beauty and colour and I'm going back in the summer, I actually can't wait.

Thank The-Shadow-Hunter
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

While it can't compare with some of the nationally known gardens, the gardens at West Green House were a delight. I spent well over an hour wandering through the different "rooms" of the garden and could easily have spent more. The gardens are well-tended and thoughtfully designed, with each section stylistically distinct from the last. Most of them seem well-established, though the area around the fountains looked as if it's a few years from maturity. There were only a half-dozen other visitors, which made it seem more intimate.

1  Thank littorea
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

The gardens are still being developed, but provided a variety of planting and vistas, including walled garden lake and fountains. Not huge, a morning or afternoon is sufficient to explore. There could be more seating and the gravel paths could prove difficult for wheel chairs.This is a visit for adults and older children. There is a small tea shop providing freshly made sandwiches to order with a variety of fillings, also assorted cake and scones.
The gardens have limited opening and there is no access to the house. Check online for opening times.

Thank lizanneSurrey
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