The Gardens at Minterne House

After a week or two of dodgy weather, we finally got a sunny day to have another Wednesday adventure. This time we headed to see the gardens at Minterne House (find details on how you can visit on their website).

The Minterne Valley was landscaped in the style of Capability Brown in the 18th Century. The gardens are laid out in a horseshoe below Minterne House, with a chain of small lakes, waterfalls and streams. They provide a circular walk, which took us about an hour to complete at 3-year-old pace.

There was a mass of colour provided by a huge collection of rhododendrons, bluebells and others. (yep, am clueless to the names of stuff beyond the obvious!) And despite being described as Himalayan gardens, I thought it provided some classically English vistas – especially with weeping willows casting their reflections into still waters with stone bridges providing a picturesque background. Like being in a living Constable painting.


minterne gardens water


The smells were glorious, the colours uplifting and there was plenty of adventures to be imagined by a three-year old – as usual I came home with  a handbag rammed with sticks and pine cones! Anyway, it is a distinctly grey Monday morning, so here is some colour to brighten it up a bit….


blue flowers at minterne gardens

bluebells at minterne gardens

bonsai () at minterne gardens

flowers at minterne gardens

pinecone treasure

pretty flowers at minterne gardens

purple flowers at minterne gardens

smelling the flowers

yellow flowers at minterne gardens


The gardens cost £5 each to visit, which you drop into an honesty box at the entrance, and children are free. Do be aware the house is not open to visitors, and there are no refreshment facilities on site (nor toilets that I saw, unless you count the tree I let a three year old wee behind….).


ploughmans lunch


Having set out late (as usual with a teenager as part of the merry gang) we were starving by the end of the walk so dashed off to nearby Cerne Abbas for lunch – sadly missing the serving times at the home of the best chips we ever had, but finding a very good substitute in the Abbots Tearoom where we had a gorgeous ploughman’s and delicious milkshakes served in the right sort of milkshake glasses. Proper lovely.

Looks like we are set for another wet day this week, but nonetheless am looking forward to getting out on our next Wednesday adventure as soon as the sun shines on us,

Love Miss Cisco XXX




  1. May 18, 2015 / 10:49 am

    Forget me nots are one of my favourite flowers. Unfortunately, in the mother in law’s garden, they’ve taken over and we had to spend an hour so pulling them all up for her. It was a bit sad but had to be done!
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  2. May 18, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    im awaiting my husband refurbing our huge garden form scratch but hes ridden all of the green except a very large and high planting beds for me to enjoy some pretty flowers i can enjoy plating myself

  3. May 18, 2015 / 4:47 pm

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful in this post, those flowers are flawless x
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  4. May 18, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    The gardens look stunning – I could wander around there all day. Really good photographs and in true style having seen food I now want a ploughman’s! Stephen :o)

  5. May 18, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    Oh Sonya the gardens at Minterne House looks absolutely stunning. Glorious photos and I especially like the one with the little bridge plus all the blooms obviously. Always love a good bloom! Lovely to spread a bit of joy on a Monday 🙂

  6. May 18, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    wow how stunning are those gardens. Your photographs are incredible and capture the beauty of the flowers
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  7. May 19, 2015 / 6:49 am

    Wow those photos are really beautiful, it sound gorgeous there. I did chuckle at the imaginative toilet facilities though, it is so much easier to do that with boys. I so want a ploughman for breakfast now too!
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  8. May 20, 2015 / 12:49 pm

    What an eye for photography you had! Beautiful images.

    As for the Teenager thing – my Brother is 25 and still exactly the same!
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  9. May 23, 2015 / 1:56 am

    That looks so gorgeous! I would love to just spend time in there and see what comes out of me when the day is over, how I feel and how an experience like this can change a person. I think you couldn’t have said it better “Like living in a Constable painting’, for once just be part of an oasis.
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