italian garden compton acres

A day out at Compton Acres

Days Out

Compton Acres is a stunning ornamental garden, with far reaching views over Poole Harbour. The gardens are set within 10 acres of land and contain over 3,000 species of plants, creating a tranquil setting to relax and unwind. Take a moment during your stay at our Dorset holiday park to escape the hustle and bustle and explore this hidden gem.

Stunning gardens

Originally purchased in 1920, Compton Acres has undergone a number of transformations throughout the years. Today there are five themed gardens to peruse, which draw inspiration from the first owners’ world travels.

The Italian garden is truly spectacular, with decorative bronze ornaments and grand statues located amongst the plants. It is set in the grounds of a beautiful Italian Villa and centred around a magnificent pond and water feature.

You will be transported across the world the moment you step into the Japanese garden. The pretty tea house perched next to the pond is often draped with vibrant wisteria and cherry blossom in the spring. For the best views take the stepping stones across the pond filled with brightly coloured koi carp.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Compton Acres (@comptonacres) on

The other areas include a rustic wooded area, filled with pine trees, a rock and water garden and heather garden. Spring is the perfect time to visit to see all the gardens in bloom!


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Compton Acres (@comptonacres) on

Getting around

The gardens are laid out in a circular route, which allows you to pass through each garden in turn. For visitors with limited mobility there is a designated route with step free access for you to follow.

Great for children

You don’t have to be an avid gardener to enjoy a day spent at Compton Acres. It’s simply a beautiful place to explore and admire the flora and fauna, regardless of the season or your gardening abilities! Even younger members of the family will have a fun day out, thanks to the outdoor play area in the Wooded Valley. Here they can run and climb to their hearts content. Little ones can also take part in a trail around the gardens, which they can explore in search of clues.

A bite to eat 

There are two cafes at Compton Acres, both of which serve a range of wholesome food throughout the day. The café at the gardens entrance is open to the general public as well as garden visitors and are popular year-round. The Sunday roast is a particular favourite thanks to the head chef’s commitment to sourcing fresh and seasonal produce from the local area.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Compton Acres (@comptonacres) on

Harbour View Café is located mid-way around the garden although only open in the warmer months. With stunning views over Poole Harbour, it is the perfect place to relax and refuel as you take in the view, whilst enjoying the sandwiches, cakes and light bites.

Gift shop and plant shop

At the end of your visit be sure to visit the onsite plant shop to give your own garden a new lease of life. There’s also a really lovely shop filled with unusual gifts, including homeware, jewellery to treat yourself after your visit

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


What our guests think

quote marksAbsolutely superb! Very speedy, efficient check in. Office couldn't do enough for you. Customer service top class. Our family party stayed in 3 dog friendly shepherds huts. Beautiful decor. Nice little self contained area for the 5 shepherd huts. Clean and modern toilet and shower facilities within less than 2 minutes. Large socially distanced communal washing up area. Large 2 acre area for exercising the dogs within 3 mins walk of shepherds huts. Couldn't fault this stay.quote marks Margaret, Apr 2021

quote marksWe had a simply fabulous time at South Lytchett Manor last month. We were not sure about camping in October but the site is well insulated, the playground kept our kids well entertained and the facilities were super clean and comfortable. We loved having a shop onsite and there are water taps and electricity points in abundance.. we have stayed at a number of sites and couldn’t recommend thisquote marks Beth, Nov 2020

quote marksGreat campsite, really friendly and polite staff. Very clean facilities and felt ‘safe’ with all the hand sanitizer and clear signage, highly recommend - we’ll probably book one of the huts next time....quote marks Richard , Oct 2020

Read our latest reviews

tripadvisor READ THE REVIEWS >

Award-winners at your service

Sign up for our newsletter