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Welcome to the Somerset Gardens at Hestercombe


Discover things to do in the Somerset gardens and loose 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 Somerset 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 with a bright, airy, stylish Courtyard. Plus open from June 2014 a beautiful vintage tearoom inside Hestercombe House serving full afternoon teas and 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.

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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.

Visit our Events and Activities page for great ideas for Things to do in Somerset that involve the whole family

Hestercombe House & Gallery

Hestercombe House opened to the public in May 2014 for the first time in over 200 years. Explore the Hestercombe Gallery on the first floor, look for books in the bookroom and relax to enjoy an elegant afternoon tea overlooking the formal gardens.

Find out about Hestercombe House on our history pages.


Latest Visitor Information

  • POSTED BY amanda
    Spoil your loved one this Valentine ... experience an enchanting walk around the beautiful historic gardens with a romantic tea for two...
  • POSTED BY Administrator
    Hestercombe house, bookshop and Column Room will be closed from Monday 12th January until Friday 30th January. We apologise for any inconven...
  • POSTED BY Stephanie Holley
    Unfortunately due to staff shortages we have had to close Hestercombe House today. This includes the Column Room Restaurant, the bookshop an...


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Thank you

Linda Carson
2014-05-27, 09:01
This is one of my very fave places to visit and I bring my freinds here for a lovely lunch after a walk in the gardens. Great news that the house is now open too!