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“A tenner a head - hmmm”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Domaine du Rayol

Domaine du Rayol
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Owner description: Conceived by Gilles Clément, and property of the Conservatoire du littoral (Coastal Protection Agency), the Mediterranean Garden is an invitation to travel through Mediterranean landscapes across the world (South Africa, Australia, California, Chile, the Mediterranean Basin and the Canary Islands), as well as others with a drier or sub-tropical climate (Mexico, Asia, New Zealand and sub-tropical America.)This small 50 acre fragment of the earth, is a corner of our planet which concentrates and illuminates, with both strength and beauty, those interactions between mankind and nature…Open to visitors every day all year round.Map, Visitors' Guidebook and audioguide available in French, English and German.Gardeners’ Café-restaurant, specialised bookshop, plant nursery. Snorkeling in the marine garden and concerts in summer.
Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland
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86 reviews
32 attraction reviews
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“A tenner a head - hmmm”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

A bit put off by the €10 per person entry fee. This is an adult's venue.

The 3 or 4 buildings that are perched on this property are reminiscent of greater days and if I was told that the entry fee was €2 and €8 was for the restoration fund I would probably have felt better. But they are lovely properties in possibly the nicest part of the southern coast. Le Rayol is so filled with flowers and the steep ascent to the domaine and the bay of Le Rayol-Canadel just soaks up the sun and moisture creating a very special place.

The garden is not remarkable as it left somewhat wild. But the beach house is to-die-for.

Note - you entry ticket entitles you to discounts on other National Parks including the ferry ride to Port Cros and Porquerolles

Visited July 2014
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Appledore
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70 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“Lovely restaurant and interesting gardens”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

I visited the Domaine du Rayol in June. The weather was beautiful and we headed to the restaurant to get a table. It was very busy and we were lucky to have a table under the trees. The menu is limited with a number of specials. I had a 'cagette' which was a wonderful collection of dips, crudités, cheese, seeds and fruit, followed by a delicious lavender ice cream. We then wandered around the garden visiting the Australian, New Zealand, Asian and other plants from all over the world. Not all the plants and trees are named but it is not a botanical garden. The oaths meander through bamboo, by streams and eventually you come to a beach. At an additional cost it is possible to do a marine walk and you are provided with a wet suit, mask and snorkel and you are guided along a path with a guide. I didn't do this but look forward to doing this at another time.

Visited June 2014
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Thank Sara M
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surrey
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357 reviews
90 attraction reviews
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“Lovely setting and gardens”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

In a beautiful setting between St Tropez and Le Lavandou these gardens nestle in a hillside on the coastline. There are areas of mediterranean, asian, american, and Australian plants well laid out and marked for information. The walk around the gardens are about 2Km, and include a beach house and farm, where one can get rather overpriced refreshments. The gardens are more wild than an English garden, but are very interesting. Parking can be troublesome, and the entry price is quite expensive, but it's worth the effort!

Visited May 2014
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maidenhead
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“View, Restaurant, Wild Gardens,”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

Wife and I decided to spend a lazy day around here. I'm glad we did.
There are 3 components to this place, which make it interesting. Its not just about the gardens.
Being English, and used to tame and manicured gardens, the gardens here looked wild and parched in comparison. Perhaps it was the intent, or the fact it was mid August, or all the gardeners were on leave. The layout was vast. There were interesting shady "tunnels" around the coastal perimeter path, which provided a spectacular view.
I imagined what it would have been like to attend a fabulous party there back in the heyday.
Take your best camera for photos.

The restaurant was a real gem. We had lunch, and theirs was superb. Service was excellent, desert was "manifique". Its worth paying just to have lunch there.

The guy who built the place really was devoted to his gardens, and had the finance to execute it.
The only small disappointment was that the lovely beach was not accessible because of a legal requirement to install a lifeguard, and the buildings were quite dilapidated - maybe that was the intent - to illustrate the triumph of nature over man-made structures.

Visited August 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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88 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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“World garden”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

The Domaine du Rayol is a beautiful garden including not only native French Mediteranean plants but also species from other similar climates in the world. You will admire the Canarian Garden, the South African garden, two South American gardens, one from the mountains of Chile, the other from desertic areas of Argentine, an Asian tropical garden and even a marine garden. You can eat, you can learn, you can buy plants. It is a complete experience. What a liked less is the lack of indications . It is not easy to find your way in the numerous pathes and you can loose time. I recommand to choose a tour with a guide.

Visited April 2013
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