Recently I was invited along to visit Compton Acres with the Bournemouth Bloggers and Darren Northeast PR, and it was lovely to take a look around at all the beautiful flowers in bloom and take some impromptu photos with my bestie Ciara at the same time. This was our second event with Darren, and I love how he always makes sure we have a fantastic time visiting local venues.
Darren started the visit with a tour of the Italian Villa, which is in the same grounds as Compton Acres, but run as a separate event venue. It was set up for a wedding later that day, and looked beautiful. There are three floors to the villa, and all three can be hired for a totally picturesque setting for your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception.
A quick selfie in front of the gardens, and Darren bid us farewell, giving us freedom to explore the gardens at our own pace. Compton Acres is made up of 10 acres of gardens, with different themes. My favourite has to be the Japanese Gardens – so tranquil!
After our visit around the gardens, we were invited in to the on-site cafe to enjoy a delicious cream tea. The scones were so yummy, we ended up getting a second one each. They were freshly baked, and honestly the best scones I have had in a long time. I don’t drink tea or coffee, and instead had a really nice pear juice, which I highly recommend. The other girls enjoyed their tea, and it was lovely to just sit and chat for a little while in a relaxed atmosphere.
I would definitely recommend a visit to Compton Acres whether you are visiting the area, or are local and looking for a day out in nature. Even if you have been before, the gardens change with the seasons, so it’s worth another visit, and the scones in the cafe are definitely a good reason to go back! It’s open 12 months a year, seven days a week, only closing for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day, which is pretty impressive.
Our entry to the gardens and cream tea were complimentary as part of our press visit, however all word and images are my own.