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“A bit of a disappointment”

Nymans Gardens and House
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64 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A bit of a disappointment”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Whilst the weather has not been the best there was little in the way of colour other than green, and the borders etc needed some maintenance. The white water spectacukar wasn't very. although it was a bonus. The tea room was quite a walk from the car park- we had elderly family members who found it a bit tiring. We were underwhelmed but it may be nicer at other times of the year.

Visited June 2013
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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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“Nymans revisited”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

First visit this year to Nymans and what a change, with open vistas, the rediscovery and renovated Sunken Garden, and great plants in full flower. The irises and geraniums are particularly good although few roses out at the moment. A great walk and also good to see that the renovation of the gardens is coming on so well. I would certainly recommend this as a wonderful garden, great walks and the added benefit of the house with attached ruin.

Visited June 2013
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“Superb gardens and great family day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

We stayed for four hours in Nymans with two young children, and still didn't see everything. The gardens are beautiful and very extensive. It is so lovely to see families out having picnics and being able to let children run and play to their hearts' content.

Visited June 2013
Thank Marianne H
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful 20th Century Gardens”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

Visited in June 2013 and due to the wet spring everything was a bit late to bloom especially the rose garden. There are a lot of azaleas and rhodendrons so the garden would be brilliant in mid-late spring especially the bluebell wood or later in the summer when there would be more colour. That being said it was still very pretty and has several types of gardens to explore. There is also a small part of the country house open which is partly a ruin and is very romantic. There is a very small gallery exhibiting a featured artist. Make sure you visit the Wild Garden which was my favourite part, we were lucky enough to go on a really sunny day but this part was virtually empty and really tranquil. Would be great for kids to run around but take care as you have to cross quite a busy lane. As with all National Trust properties it has a great café and some nice plants to buy but they're a bit pricey.

Visited June 2013
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“Rewarding visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

For many years my wife and myself had promised ourselves a visit to Nymans and we finally got round to it on Sunday 2 May. In the event we both agreed it was a very rewarding and interesting experience that we would highly recommend to others. I would urge anyone that intends to visit Nymans to do a little research beforehand because Nymans, and the Messel families association with it provides a most interesting history. The gardens are extensive, well maintained and beautiful with fine views across the surrounding countryside. The house itself suffered from a disastrous fire in 1947 although some rooms remain intact and are well furnished, also, there are very helpful and enthusiastic guides on hand more than willing to relate the history of the house and the Messel family. Whilst a large proportion of the house is a ruin it nevertheless provides a romantic and picturesque vision. Whilst there we were glad we bought a small guide book "The Nymans Story" and at £2-50 it gives a concise history of the gardens, the property , the Messel family and The National Trust's role in supporting its preservation. We only bought ourselves sandwiches and drinks from a small kiosk near the entrance but the sandwiches were probably the best we had eaten for a long time and were reasonably priced. As an aside . some years before we visited nearby Leonardslee Gardens but it was only when we were speaking with some people we shared a table with that we we realised they are no longer open to visitors. I mention this because despite this fact there are still road signs in the surrounding area suggesting it is still open.

Visited May 2013
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