After a lovely day exploring Bournemouth, my other half suggested a trip to Compton Acre’s on Sunday before we made the drive back home. The gardens are situated in Poole which was less than a 10-minute drive from our central Bournemouth hotel and are set over 10 acres of land.
I hadn’t even heard of the gardens before but I’m all one for pretty views but I wasn’t prepared for what we explored. Split over a number of different gardens including a Japanese Garden, Heather Gardens, Rock and Water Gardens and Italian Gardens every single step was just beautiful.
Compton Acres was constructed back in 1920 and is still acknowledged as one of the finest privately owned gardens in England, literally, every single plant seemed primed and well looked after. When we first came in the gardens we hit the Italian Gardens which I think were my favourite of the whole area, with a massive pool in the middle filled with flowers and lily pads, words can’t really do it justice so make sure you check out the photos below. There was a wedding about to start in the building next door and I can’t even begin to imagine how incredible it would be to have your wedding photos with this backdrop.
Walking through the grounds the paths were easy to explore, the area’s well maintained and despite going just before midday on a Sunday it wasn’t busy or crammed which was nice especially when we wanted to stop and take loads of photos. The Rock and Water Gardens houses one of England’s biggest rock collections and The Japanese Gardens were complete with waterfalls, stepping stones, and traditional looking Japanese horticulture.
I won’t ramble on anymore, but I’ll let the photos set the scene.