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Coming up at Hestercombe…
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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 artist residency at Hestercombe, artist Simon Bayliss has responded to the gardens through painting en plein air and writing poetry. The resulting exhibition presents his idiosyncratic vision of Hestercombe as a pastoral utopia, accelerated using […]

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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 artists. Featuring over 200 artists including Carl Andre, Richard Long, Dieter Roth, Bruce Nauman, Joseph Beuys, Yoko Ono, Ben Vautier, Gilbert & George, Susan Hiller, Gavin Turk, Ruth Proctor, Aleksandra Mir, Julie Cockburn and Mark […]

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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 and weave your way amongst the snowdrops and see if you can spot any animals as they emerge from their winter hibernation. Trail runs every day 13th – 21st February, 10am – […]

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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 Hestercombe – enjoy a walk hand in hand around the gardens followed by a quintessentially English afternoon tea in the Column Room Restaurant. Make it extra special by […]

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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

We were amazed at the restoration as we had not visited for some time. The film at the entrance really set the scene. We knew we were in for a treat.

Thank you for helping to make our visit last Friday a very enjoyable one. The weather was perfect and the gardens looked wonderful. It was great to sit in the coolness of the stable yard and have a very enjoyable lunch. All our members will have happy memories of their visit.