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Events at Hestercombe…

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Clean Heart: A Landscape Retrospective by Clare Woods

Sat, 16th Jul at 11:00 am to Sun, 30th Oct at 5:00 pm
Clean Heart: A Landscape Retrospective presents work from internationally acclaimed artist Clare Woods. The exhibition brings together key works from Find out more »


Hello Autumn Trail

Sat, 17th Sep to Sun, 2nd Oct
Follow our trail and explore Hestercombe as autumn takes over the gardens.  Crunch over golden brown leaves, spot clusters of bright red berries and Find out more »

Stephen Smith work in studio

Somerset Open Studios

Mon, 26th Sep to Tue, 27th Sep
See our artist in residence, Stephen Smith, working in his studio in Hestercombe House. Somerset Open Studios focuses on artists in their working envi Find out more »

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

The gardens were a delight, as were morning coffee, lunch, and tea! The fact that we could bring our little terrier was hugely encouraging. All in all, a superb meeting place with friends.

I commend your food and service; we were all impressed with the eating experience as well as the excellent service…the tomato soup was the best I have ever tasted and the roast lunches were delicious!!