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Coming up at Hestercombe…
Arcadia image

Exhibition ‘Simon Bayliss: Arcadia’

To celebrate the second artist in residence programme at Hestercombe, come and visit the exhibition titled ‘Arcadia’. During a summer-long Find out more »

Sat, 24th Oct, 2015 at 11:00 am to Sun, 28th Feb, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Image: Ruth Proctor 'always wanting to be somewhere else', 2012

Exhibition ‘Wish You Were Here?’

Selected from Jeremy Cooper’s major artists’ postcards collection, Wish You Were Here? presents works by some of today’s most famous Find out more »

Sat, 24th Oct, 2015 at 11:00 am to Sun, 28th Feb, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Feb half term

February Half Term Fun

It’s the perfect time to explore the gardens as they begin to wake from their winter slumber.  Follow our Valentine’s Day themed trail an Find out more »

Sat, 13th Feb at 10:00 am to Sun, 21st Feb at 4:00 pm
V Day

Valentine’s Day at Hestercombe

Being old romantics at heart, we love celebrating Valentine’s Day… If you are the same, then you can treat your loved one to a day out at Find out more »

Sun, 14th Feb at 12:00 am to 5:00 pm

Welcome to Hestercombe Gardens, Somerset

Discover Somerset and 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 of our gardens 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 Kitchen Cafe with a bright, airy courtyard. Plus find the Column Room Restaurant inside Hestercombe House serving quintissentially British afternoon teas and delicious light lunches.

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. 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.

There are so many things to do! The Somerset Gardens at Hestercombe are open all year round (except Christmas Day), has lots of exciting events and loves your dogs!

Hestercombe is an independent charity and all proceeds from garden admission, retail and events support the restoration, maintenance and development of these beautiful gardens. Registered Charity Number: 1060000.

What Our Visitors Have To Say

Everybody said how much they enjoyed their visit and it ‘certainly fired several people’s imaginations’! Many of the group will definitely be returning and we all especially enjoyed the buffet lunch in the Bampfylde Hall.

This is one of my very fave places to visit and I bring my friends here for a lovely lunch after a walk in the gardens. Great news that the house is now open too!