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Help us complete the picture

Once a scene of crumbling buildings, thick with overgrown trees and silted lakes, Hestercombe has been brought back to life over the past 25 years. Much progress has been made but many areas still await restoration. Please help us.

We need to raise £1.5 million to complete a number of exciting garden projects and safeguard this historic garden’s future.

Sibyl’s Temple

With the help of your donation we can rebuild Sibyl’s Temple. This classical rotunda would have been situated high in the Landscape Garden, fitting with the picturesque tradition of 18th century garden design. Our planned design is modelled on that in the garden of Batheaston Villa (pictured).

Elizabethan Water Garden

We want to restore Hestercombe’s rare Elizabethan Water Garden,  Currently hidden, overgrown and inaccessible, during the 16th century this would have been the perfect entertaining space. We think this is only one of 10 to survive, with only one other open to the public.

Lime Tree Avenue

Our Lime Tree avenue now only exists in photographs but was once a beautiful landscape feature running along the west side of the formal garden. With your help we can replant this original avenue of trees, bringing the design of the original historic garden back to life. [Image: Lime tree avenue to right of formal gardens, Country Life 17 Oct 1908]

 

The Hermitage

Through our Garden Appeal many garden features will be restored. With your help we aim to rebuild the Hermitage – a rustic garden building high up in the landscape garden, completing Coplestone Warre Bampfylde’s original 18th century design. [Image: example hermitage from Universal Architecture, by Thomas Wright 1755]

 

The Octagon Kitchen

The Octagon Summerhouse is one of Hestercombe’s iconic features. In the 18th century an adjoining garden kitchen would have been used to entertain guest away from the formality of the house. We plan to recreate this kitchen –  bringing a piece of 18th century social history back to life.

 

Our future

Hestercombe is an evolving place. Our aim to fully restore and develop the gardens is the first important step towards our future vision. This vision involves developing Hestercombe’s historic house, and, building on the foundation of the Gallery, reconnect the estate with its artistic legacy by becoming a Centre for Art and Landscape.  Our future plans are ambitious but exciting – watch this short video to find out more.