In fear of sounding indisputably British, the weather truly was fantastic on the day I visited. After arriving and venturing through the gift shop, restaurant and plant shop, a small stoned archway paved the way through to a vast open space filled with flowers and fountains. If first impressions are everything, I'd guess at this point visitors have no choice but to fall in love with their surroundings.
On the day I visited, a wedding was taking place at the Italian Villa (shown below) and so just after being snapped myself, I had the opportunity to do a little people-watching by admiring the guests in their tulle skirts and stiletto heels descending down the stairs. I've got to admit, although a wedding is nowhere near on the cards for me, never have I ever found a building more appealing as home for a reception. Wow!
Dress - Cynthia Rowley
Watch - Daniel Wellington Classy Sheffield*
Cardigan - Topshop
Lunch was absolutely delicious and enjoyed overlooking expansive grounds. Thanks to the many acres of gardens, coming across other people was an infrequent occurrence, however the café was buzzing with people! Though, it's not difficult to understand why when in the distance the sea could be seen on the horizon and through gaps in trees, a fresh green golf course was visible. I can definitely think of worse things than sitting underneath the sun whilst tucking into a tuna and cheese panini..
The privately owned Compton Acres was built in 1924 and is of 'late Victorian Mixed Style design' with seven gardens to wander through, including the fabulous Japanese Gardens (shown below). Each time I turned a corner to find a bridge or archway, I grew to anticipate a new garden and therefore an entirely fresh design scheme. One thing remained consistent though and that was the excellent attention to detail at every turn!
Short of tracking down each and every one of you who read my blog and waving Compton Acres leaflets in your faces, I can't urge you enough to add this destination to your travel hit list as it's undoubtedly one of the most tranquil escapes I've ever visited - and if you need any further convincing.. they sell salted caramel ice cream.