The young man on duty in the restaurant at lunch time was helpful and friendly - excellent customer service. Also the young lady in the ticket kiosk. I really appreciate the water in the restaurant.
Lose yourself in fifty acres of lakes, temples, cascades, tranquil woodland walks, formal terraces, vivid colours and views that take your breath away.....
This is Hestercombe - a unique combination of three centuries of garden design: Coplestone Warre Bampfylde's Georgian landscape garden, the Victorian terrace and shrubbery and the stunning Edwardian garden design by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll.
All have undergone acclaimed restoration works and today provide important examples of gardens in contrasting styles that continue to grow and develop.
The award-winning visitor facilities include the warm and welcoming Stables Restaurant & Coffee Shop with a bright, airy, stylish Courtyard. The Gardens Shop is full of beautiful things for the home and garden and the Plant Centre is well stocked with a wide variety of plants. Lutyens Gallery, part of the Stables Restaurant has exhibitions by local artists with new works on display every month. These facilities and the well-appointed picnic area and under 7s playground have free entry.
The restored 17th century watermill complex showcases the historic uses of renewable energy alongside the original working mill machinery and is set in the heart of the gardens.
Hestercombe is open all year round (except Christmas Day), has lots of exciting events and loves your dogs!
Hestercombe is an independent charity and all proceed from garden admission, retail and events support the restoration, maintenance and development of these beautiful gardens. Registered Charity Number: 1060000.
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