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Keyneston Mill

  • 4.1

  • from 264 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.



Dorset, DT11 9HZ

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Google reviews

  • 4.1

  • from 264 Google reviews

Sybil Joy

3 months ago


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

Jane Gatford

2 months ago


Very poor value.... Even go as far as to say..... Would never return I'm afraid. Tea was awful, tepid water and tasted of grass (peppermint) The mushrooms on the lunch menu was just fried balls of bread with maybe one sliced wild mushroom on the top of a few leaves of rocket. Alioli was just mayonnaise. Some of the party were overcharged! And when it was pointed out.... They just shrugged and no offer to repay the £1 overcharged. Arrogant attitude does not bode well. Shame

Chantal Elwood

a month ago


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.

John Willis-Fisher

3 months ago


Had a wonderful day here on a silver clay jewelry workshop. However the gardens are lovely and of course a café. All are made welcome and the staff very friendly and accommodating. Definitely go again. A selection of the jewelry we made in the photo.

Byron Palacios

4 months ago


Lovely place for family walks and for the enjoyment of the beautiful gardens. Very educational! It has access to the river where wildlife can be watch if you're quiet and patience enough to wait for them. The cafe is nice but a bit over price.

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01258 456831

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