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Keyneston Mill

  • 4.1

  • from 325 Google reviews

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A path in a garden

About the garden

Most public gardens have scented flowers dotted about, but at Keyneston Mill there’s an entire garden dedicated to fragrant florals. That’s because this 50-acre estate doubles up as the growing and distillation site for luxury perfumer Parterre Fragrances.

To see where the magic happens just follow your nose through the grassy hills of Tarrant Valley until you reach the colourful fields of Keyneston Mill Botanic Gardens. As you sniff your way around these formal gardens, you’ll float through a range of intoxicating fragrance families from subtle florals and classic scents such as lavender and rosemary, to zesty citrus notes and more unusual spices such as Vietnamese Coriander.

Make a note of your favourite aromas as you wander so you can make a beeline for them in the perfume shop later. And once you’ve savoured and spritzed the flora on display, pop into The Scented Botanist Bistro-Café to savour the locally grown menu.

Opening times

Summer Opening Hours (Apr to Oct): Open every day except Tuesday, 10am to 4.30pm. Garden entry charge applies. Winter Opening Hours (Nov to Mar): Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4.30pm. Free entry. Last orders in The Scented Botanist Bistro-Cafe 4pm. Check website or call us on 01258 456831 for Christmas closures.

Useful details

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant.

Shops

None

Dorset, DT11 9HZ

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Keyneston Mill
Dorset
DT11 9HZ
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Google reviews

  • 4.1

  • from 325 Google reviews

Ans B Muhammad

3 months ago

5

It's a lovely place to experience the essence of natural fragrance. You can really witness the art of extracting the fragrances and preparing the perfume using natural ingredients from the various parts of plants and herbs. They have a beautiful garden consisting of many variety of flora and stunning fields. It's a really nice place to enjoy the beauty of the nature. They do have a lovely Cafe which serves delicious cakes and other dishes. You can also buy perfumes directly from them. I would really recommend their Hour of Gold & Dusk. It's a heavenly fragrance.

Amanda Pressey

a month ago

5

Though the grass areas of the gardens might not be at their best, due to the dry summer, the plants in the formal gardens were lovely. As water is able to be pumped from the river they were able to keep them healthy. Gorgeous scents and worth the we walk along the river and through the orchard. I was booked into the Perfume Workshop and was very impressed with the presentation and guidance with a small class size and the "Aromadome" it was held in. Making at the end a truly personal 50ml bottle to take home of your own blend. Bistro onsite was pleasant. Making it a lovely day.

Kate Coleman

a year ago

4

We had a wonderful afternoon tea celebrating a 70th birthday which was great! The food was brilliant and the server attentive and welcoming. A huge thank you! The gardens close to the cafe are beautiful however would feel for the entry price a bit disheartened as they'renot that big. Wouldn't go back to the gardens myself but certainly would the cafe as a great little find! Would use the dome again too!

M D

a year ago

1

Oh dear, where do I start? They must have just opened/re-opened? They have an upmarket website - everything suggests that the place is very stylish & the entrance/restaurant/lawn area doesn't disappoint. But go a little further and you have to wonder how they derive any fragrances from practically barren fields. We walked down to the river & back in about 40 minutes, then settled in for lunch, which was pre-booked. Nobody took our order in over half an hour so I objected when another table was seen to before us. 45 minutes had passed before we got a cup of tea, olives and sourdough, which was then quickly followed by being served the wrong meals! The menu is pretty light, but once the confusion was over I received my sausage roll & salad, and it was very tasty. We had intended to have desert - after all we were sat right next to the cake counter! But we didn't want to spend any more time there. We left and went to another garden for our desert. They only had three members of staff serving numerous tables of diners, and they just couldn't cope. As for the garden of fragrances, it was disappointing beyond words. I didn't photograph the small section which contained colourful flowers because there were far too many people there. But you can see what I mean in the pictures I did take.

Astrid L

4 months ago

5

Came here for an experience day. Absolutely fascinating and great fun and am very pleased with the perfume I made. Lunch was excellent too. I didn't have time to explore the gardens and exhibition but will definitely go back to do that.

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01258 456831

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