Compton Acres, Poole Review

I've liven in the Bournemouth and Poole area for as long as I can remember. Whether that's just outside or in the heart of the towns and I'm still finding myself blown away by hidden gems that I've never discovered before. We recently discovered Compton Acres, and it's one of those gems I knew I had to take some snaps and blog about it! 

Situated just outside of Poole town centre near the Sandbanks area, Compton Acres is one of the most beautiful privately owned gardens in England. With over 10 acres of gardens to explore along with a cafe, gift shop and plant centre it's a fantastic venue for an afternoon stroll or a whole day exploring.

Compton Acres is not only a fantastic garden for you to explore, but also has a gorgeous Italian Villa that is perfect for weddings and other events. There was actually a wedding going on during the time that we were at Compton Acres and it truly looked magical and almost like the scene had been transported from a fairy tale! Total wedding goals right there.

During school holidays, the gardens tend to put on events for children and families to enjoy. It's a fantastic way to keep local's attending whilst standing out from other heritage sites int he local area. We loved our trip so much that we are looking to see if we can fit in an Easter trip to take advantage of their trail!

We popped by one sunny Saturday and couldn't wait to see what was in store for us. We had heard loads of tales of the beautiful gardens, but were honestly blown away by how beautiful they truly were. From the winding paths, rivers and waterfalls, to the stunning Japanese garden with stepping stones. It felt like a maze of wonder and we couldn't believe this brilliant garden was literally a stones throw from our home and we had never been there before.

For the little ones there is a little play area nestled in the corner of the gardens. With a wigwam, viewing platform and balance beams, it's small but perfect for keeping them entertained. We had to drag Max away from the play area to be able to see the rest of the gardens! He was having way too much fun.

There is both a step free route and a winding route with steps and bridges that is perfect for both buggies, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. It means that the gardens are perfect for everyone to come and enjoy. We all split up to walk each of the paths and take each route in and we were amazed that at every turn there was something else to see and enjoy.

I'm not the most flower/plant/gardening aware person, but I could 100% appreciate all the love and care that went into these gardens. As we walked around we each area we all found our favourites. Whilst Scott loved the huge pond full of fish, Max adored the woodland garden with its play area and waterfalls. My absolute favourite was the heather garden, a garden full of heather in various shades of pink, purple and white. It looked like a blanket of multicolours that was honestly a feast for the eyes.

Compton Acres is one of those hidden gems that we are going to head back to time and time again. I know that with each season, the gardens will take on a whole new appearance and they will feel even more magical at each turn. Priced at £8.45 for an adult and £4.25 for children, with annual passes available too, it's a perfect investment for families near and far to enjoy a fantastic day out together.

We honestly loved our few hours at Compton Acres and can't wait to pop back and marvel in the beautiful surroundings again!

No comments