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Review of West Green House

West Green House
Ranked #1 of 17 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 August 6, 2013

Beautiful gardens. A fabulous experience every year. Great mix of formal and more relaxed landscape. Interesting ideas which stimulate thoughts for own garden.

Thank Paul G
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

This is an extremely well planned garden with lots of nooks and crannies to find. It is difficult to add anything to the already glowing reports of other reviewers except to say do visit this garden as it is truly delightful.This time we visited on a very hot day there were electricians and other engineers quietly going about the business of setting up for the two operas which are to be staged in the garden at the end of July and beginning of August. I expect this will be awesome also especially if the weather holds.
The tearoom was its usual busy self but we didn't wait too long for scones, jam and cream and a pot of tea to round off our visit.
We will return and bring more first time visitors with us.

Thank Maureen S
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

This was our first visit to West Green House Garden, which is leased from the National Trust by private occupiers who run the house and grounds as a business, although National Trust members have free admission to the gardens.

The house itself has a long and interesting history but it is not open to the public.

The gardens themselves are very well worth seeing and at the moment the roses within the walled garden are still at their best whilst the vegetable beds and fruit cages are impressive.

There are many paths to follow around the gardens - or sit beside the lake and enjoy the view. There is so much to see it is worth spending half a day - and the car parking area is a perfect spot for a picnic if you don't want to carry it too far from the car.

The tea room is more expensive than those run by the National Trust and has a very limited menu. We felt that £8.50 for two small slices of quiche and a small side salad was just a little over priced, however the setting was very pleasant sitting in the gravelled area just outside the tea room in the sunshine.

We will most definitely return - but bring our own picnic.

1  Thank HampshireSue85
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

I have visited twice in the last month and on both occasions the sun came out and the gardens were beautiful. There is enough to enjoy here for a half day and it has been considerably altered since I was here 3-4 years ago. Everybody we met were helpful and there is enough space not to feel crowded. On both occasions we did partake of items from the tea room, but feel that the prices are the highest we have found and we visit National Trust properties weekly. I feel £3.75 is rather a lot for a small slice of sponge cake which I do not believe was even home made. I sometimes wonder about the economics of this as if the cake was £2.50 per slice we would probably buy two pieces £5.00 but as it is so expensive only purchased one piece and shared it even though it was smallish so only spent £3.75 on cake. I appreciate that they do not get the turnover but surely that also means not so many expenses either. Other than this I would recommend this as a lovely place to visit when the sun is out even better.

Thank Misty52
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Inspiring gardens, not too vast that you can't see it all in a couple of hours.
The gardens are well planned but have a lovely natural feel, i loved the walled garden and the lake and the many secret corners and hidden areas of the gardens.
A must go place for plant and garden lovers.
The tea rooms were really nice

1  Thank kimca_12
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