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Furzey Gardens

School Lane | Lyndhurst, Minstead, New Forest SO43 7GL, England
+44 23 8081 2464
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Fun for all

We took our grandchildren here. Lots of open space, fairy doors to hunt for along with many... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
New Forest, United Kingdom
via mobile
A delightfully quirky woodland garden

We visited Furzey Gardens while on a recent visit to the fabulous New Forest. What a lovely... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
Kent, United Kingdom
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Located in Minstead, Hampshire, in the heart of New Forest yet just off the end of the M27, this informal 10 acre woodland garden contains an extensive collection of rare and beautiful plants from around the world. In the spring, banks of Azaleas and Rhododendrons dazzle with colour, secret paths lead through drifts of primulas and bulbs to quiet glades, while viewing areas provide outlooks over the New Forest. Flowering shrubs and trees continue the interest through the summer with a blaze of autumn colour at the end of the year.In the water garden flowering and foliage plants thrive both in and out of the lake, enhanced by a collection of conifers.Our award winning Chelsea Garden has been wonderfully recreated overlooking the lake after winning GOLD at RHS Chelsea in 2012.The waterfall leads into our reinstated water meadow.The gardens are wonderful for children. The shady play area has play houses, swing and even a "dry docked" play boat. There are plenty of places to picnic and play hide and seek. The gardens also hold a secret, there are over 30 tiny fairy doors hidden throughout the garden. Our wildflower meadow and cottage garden are great for spotting wildlife and you can take a step back in time when you enter our historic Furzey cottage. Delicious locally made cakes and sandwiches are available in the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop, which has plenty of seating inside, comfortable sofas upstairs and a pretty outside terrace overlooking the gardens. Browse the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop which showcases and sells a variety of local art, crafts and gifts including work undertaken by the students from the Minstead Training Trust. Those visitors who like to go home with a souvenir of the leafy variety will enjoy looking around our plant sales area where plants are very competitively priced. The Gardens are open all year round, and the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop is open from the beginning of March to the end of October 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm (last orders at 4.15pm). The Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop is free to enter and browse and enjoy a coffee, cake or light refreshment. Entry to the Gardens is by a set minimum donation, please pay in the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop. When the Gallery Gift and Coffee shop is closed please place donations in the box provided. The entry donation goes towards the upkeep of the gardens and to the work of the Charity in providing opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.
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  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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School Lane | Lyndhurst, Minstead, New Forest SO43 7GL, England
+44 23 8081 2464
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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

We took our grandchildren here. Lots of open space, fairy doors to hunt for along with many varieties of plants and good landscaping. All finished off with coffee/soft drinks and cakes.

Thank SAK56
Reviewed 24 October 2017

We visited Furzey Gardens while on a recent visit to the fabulous New Forest. What a lovely surprise when we came through the gate. A lovely old thatched cottage/museum, a colourful kitchen garden and more informal and interesting gardens beyond. There were lots of winding...More

2  Thank PGbythesea
FGCT, Public Relations Manager at Furzey Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thank you for your feedback. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 7 October 2017

Loved looking for the fairy house front doors. Such a quirky place and so relaxing. A littler gem. Will definitely go back in the different seasons to see the changes

Thank tonksie63
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Well if I had known how nice this spot was I would have stayed a lot longer on my walk through the New Forest. So will have to drive back park up & explore properly next time.

Thank Restless59
Reviewed 24 September 2017

This was a family day out from grandparents (Mondays are OAP days) to 6 month old. Our grand daughter loved finding the fairy doors carved into many of the tree trunks - other fairy hunters had been before us and left post it notes and...More

Thank DerbyJay
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Close to Minstead in the heart of the New Forest these gardens are a delightful place to spend an hour or so. There is a small children's playground and lots of paths to explore amongst the plants and shrubs. The tea shop does great cake...More

Thank hhh123abc
FGCT, Public Relations Manager at Furzey Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 7 September 2017

Visited as we were in area. Absolutely brilliant way to spend a few hours, could have easily spent longer there. Lovely gardens, nurtured with care and attention by folks with learning disabilities. This project shows what can be achieved when profits aren't the only aim....More

1  Thank Jason H
Reviewed 4 September 2017

We visited at the weekend (entrance is free to RHS members during the week and not in school hols but since the entrance fee supports the work this charity does with people with learning disabilities, we didn't mind paying the £8/head fee). The gardens are...More

Thank clickawick
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Had a grand time hunting fairy doors with four little children. Our 5 year old is convinced she saw a real fairy flying about with a wand! It is a lovely little place to wear out children in nature.

Thank MannaBains
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Peaceful and interesting gardens, lovely for kids with all the fairy doors, but not tacky, nicely done. Well worth search out this garden that's very natural in place and less formal than most.

Thank MrCB56
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17 August 2017|
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Response from 307middleton70 | Reviewed this property |
You have to pay regardless of age but it is for a very good cause
Andrew S
8 June 2017|
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Response from TC10002013 | Reviewed this property |
No. I don't think so
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27 May 2016|
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Response from Janet C |
Thanks very much! ☺