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Reviewed September 8, 2016

My wife and I visited this facility in August in beautiful weather and the area was very busy with traffic.
The facility itself was lovely, and old estate with a number of formal gardens which are meticulously maintained. An oriental garden is nationally rated and is breathtaking.
The mansion on the estate is open for visitors and is very nicely maintained as well. It is situated on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound and has a lovely view.
If you go there be sure to look around as there are a number of areas that are nicely developed into gardens to be see. There are a couple of ponds and an overlook of a waterfall, all of which are worth the time and energy.
Bathrooms are available at the mansion which becomes important as it is a bit of a stroll from the parking area to the mansion area. No rough terrain or steep hills, just a nice stroll.
There is quite a lot of history to be seen here and a number of very nice gardens..
There is a fee for entry which is modest. Ours was $ 10.00 a piece and we are on Medicare.
There is no place to eat. There is a store where one can buy books and such about the estate, the area, and the history.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed September 7, 2016

Visiting Bainbridge Island was such a joy! We went to several key places of interest including Bloedel Reserve. You need a car to get here, but it is well worth it! There are acres of fields, wooded areas, a Japanese House with its Garden, ponds, luscious plantings, a stately home of the former owner of the estate and even a spectacular view of the Puget Sound. Paths are well marked, and it's a perfect visit for nature lovers. It was a very relaxing visit, and you can't go wrong by stopping at its small, but very nice gift shop. There are plenty of nice, clean bathrooms as well - both at the gift shop area, as well as the mansion.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Masayoperfume
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Reviewed September 7, 2016

You can walk the extended paths or the shorter paved path. Either way, take time to enjoy the gardens. Any season, the Bloedel Reserve is an easy way to enjoy time out in the Pacific Northwest. The docents are charming with lots of interesting, not canned, information. Need an hour break? Go to the Bloedel.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank pasigmond
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Reviewed September 5, 2016

This beautiful park at the northern edge of Bainbridge Island is worth the visit for any nature lover. It's well worth the $15 entrance fee (which I thought was a little steep until I actually saw the property). The grounds are impeccable and the array of plants in the gardens and the woods is simply astounding. You could spend an entire day at a very leisurely pace, but realistically, about 3 hours is plenty.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Jay A
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Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

We're just starting our tour but I wanted to post that they are open today, not closed as stated on TripAdvisor. They are normally closed on Mondays but are open today since it's a holiday. Come enjoy.

Date of experience: September 2016
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