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Keyneston Mill

  • 4.1

  • from 284 Google reviews

A path in a garden
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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Dorset
DT11 9HZ
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Google reviews

  • 4.1

  • from 284 Google reviews

Astrid T

a week 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.

James Reed

in the last week

1

Unfortunately one of the worst gardens I have ever paid money to visit. The beds were full of weeds and very unkempt. The first section was scruffy and full of weeds but this was the better kept area. Lost orchard was pleasant but only due to the total neglect. Neglect in the rest of the garden soon became very disappointing. I even asked for a refund. We won't be rushing back

Chantal Elwood

5 months ago

5

The food is excellent, really high quality and very reasonable. The courses are really good. I've been to two of them so far, great birthday present for my mum. Lovely place to spend a Saturday.

Jenny Hogg

2 months ago

5

Very interesting place, I imagine it is a lovely place to visit in June when all the roses are out. The bistro restaurant is excellent, food delicious.

Sybil Joy

7 months ago

3

I went to watch a film and enjoy a picnic. The food was excellent. The film was good too. However it was screened on an old sail, that would have been ok in itself but it was not smooth and so some of the movement across that part of the screen had an effect of being at sea. Also the screening was very narrow (from a laptop?) hardly worth £35 per head Having said that last minute call regarding the food was dealt with professionally and it is a lovely place. Lanterns lit the path and there was a lovely fragrance in the air. Loos were sparkly clean and the bistro looked attractive, although we ate in the garden (which was great, there was a fire 🔥burning) probably the last acceptable weather for an outdoor event

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01258 456831

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