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On Thur 27 April tree surgeons will be undertaking essential tree work in the lower half of the landscape garden. This work restricts disabled access and there is no access to the Great Cascade. The formal gardens, shop, cafe and gallery will be fully open. We’re sorry if this disrupts your visit.

Events at Hestercombe…

Jem Southam

Hestercombe Gallery: Regions of Light

Sat, 18th Mar at 11:00 am to Sun, 2nd Jul at 5:00 pm
‘Regions of Light’ is an exhibition that showcases the historic work of painter and poet Rev. John Eagles (1783-1855), together with cont Find out more »

Quarry workers

Completing the picture: an exhibition

Fri, 21st Apr at 11:00 am to Sun, 21st May at 5:00 pm
As we celebrate our 20th anniversary year we’ve selected 20 amazing images to highlight key moments in Hestercombe’s life. Take a trip thr Find out more »


Bank Holiday BBQ

Mon, 1st May at 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Join us for our first barbecue of the year.  Our chefs will be cooking up a storm on our Courtyard barbecue – enjoy sizzling hot food and an ar 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

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.

To all at Hestercombe but particularly the Cafe. Lovely setting, great gardens and all the work thats been done, fab. We had our best meal out whilst staying in Somerset for 3 days recently, in your Cafe. Well done, best burger and chips I’ve had in years the coleslaw was delicious and the dressing on the salad was scrumptious too. Why not do a recipe book!! I’d certainly buy it.