Opening Times
Hestercombe Gardens is open all year round, except Christmas Day.

The gardens are open from 10a.m. to 6p.m. with the last entry at 5p.m. (dusk in Winter)

The Courtyard, Stables Kitchen and Lutyens Gallery are open 10a.m. to 5.30p.m. (closing at 5p.m. in Winter)

The Gardens Shop & Plant Centre are open 11a.m. to 5.30p.m. (closing at 4.30p.m. in Winter)

Thank you

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!!
Mrs June P Smith
( Taunton )



Hestercombe is an independent charity. All profits from admissions and retail activity go directly towards the continued restoration, development and maintenance of these important gardens. Registered Charity 1060000.
There are many ways to help us continue with our work -

  • Become a Member of Hestercombe
  • Visit often and enjoy all the facilities and events
  • Buy a Brick in our Contributors' Wall - a direct contribution to the magnificent £1.6m restoration of the 17th century water mill and barn
  • Dedicate a bench or tree
  • Legacies - remember us in your will - after loved ones have been considered, please think of Hestercombe and its sustainablility for future generations


Hestercombe House by Rebecca Pow


Our next major Appeal will be launched in 2014 as Hestercombe begins the ambitious Hestercombe House Project.




Hestercombe Gardens Trust is an independent charity - Charity Number 1060000.  All proceeds from admissions, membership, retail, functions and events go directly to the continuing restoration, development and maintenance of these important and beautiful gardens.

Donations pleaseA donation to Hestercombe, no matter how small, is gratefully accepted.

A quick and easy online payment system is in the process of being set up but in the meantime, if you would like to make a donation, please telephone 01823 413923 and speak to Phillip White.

Thank you very much from the bottom of our heart!


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Legacy & Wills

When it comes to your will, it's only right that your family and friends come first in your thoughts. But you could also consider leaving a gift in your will to a cause close to your heart.

Legacies help enormously by enabling Hestercombe to undertake work that would not be possible on our annual budget. Additional funds are vital to continue with the development of these world-acclaimed gardens and expand our sustainability programme. All donations, big or small, can make a significant difference and are gratefully received and acknowledged. We hugely appreciate your support and pledge to continue to safeguard the Gardens for generations to come.



Garden of Remembrance below the PergolaHestercombe has a beautiful Garden of Remembrance. Situated below the Pergola, the Apple Orchard provides a natural and peaceful area for the scattering of ashes.
Please contact Philip White, Chief Executive, The Hestercombe Gardens Trust,  

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telephone 01823 413923


Volunteering at Hestercombe

As a small (but very busy!) charity, Hestercombe volunteers deliver a number of very valuable services, both directly to visitors and behind the scenes. There are a variety of places you can get involved from the gardens to the house and in office administration.


Why volunteer?


Great for the CV, volunteering at Hestercombe is an invaluable opportunity to gain experience in an innovative, creative environment and develop skills and knowledge that will enhance future career opportunities.

It’s a great way to meet a diverse group of other volunteers as well as paid staff.

Volunteers are invited to Hestercombe’s annual volunteer party – a great opportunity to socialise and get to know our team even better.

Volunteers receive free tea and coffee while volunteering.


A bit about us


The roles undertaken by volunteers here at Hestercombe are considered some of the most important across the organisation and allow us to offer the highest quality visitor experience and involve the local community in the running of the estate. Without the support of volunteers we would not be able to deliver the range of events, exhibitions and continued estate management we currently do.

Whether you are able to offer a few hours a month or a day or two a week it is your time and energy that makes Hestercombe the exciting, innovative and engaging place it is.

Our past…

Hestercombe is a diverse estate with a diverse history. Take a look at some of our history here.

Our future…

We have recently taken ownership of Hestercombe House and are now undertaking the huge task of bringing the house back to life. And, having been in local authority care both as County Council and Fire Brigade offices for over 50 years she is in need of some serious TLC!
Stage one of the recovery plan for the house is to bring her back to a standard of presentation suitable to host a new art gallery and to be open to the public. At a later stage, when funding can be secured, we intend to carry out a more thorough restoration and establish a more permanent gallery space. 

Therefore we are actively looking for volunteers to be involved in this first stage of recovery for the house in a variety of roles:


Current vacancies


There are 3 areas we are recruiting for at the moment:


Working as part of a team you will assist with basic renovations including painting and decorating, plumbing and carpentry. 

Skills in one of more of these areas are essential.

Gallery stewards

In this role you will meet and greet visitors to the new Hestercombe House Gallery, helping them to get the most out of their visit. You will have information about each of the paintings in your section and will be working as part of a team. You will be responsible for safeguarding the paintings and guiding visitors through the different rooms of the 'pop-up' gallery.

Bookshop and tearoom day to day running

In this role you will ensure the best selection of books are on display and looking their best. You’ll also be serving hot drinks and sweet and savoury snacks and cakes, clearing tables and maintaining standards in the tearoom. 


Plus we still need donations for the bookshop!

We are currently receiving donations of books to stock the bookshop, particularly children's books, travel, fiction, cookery or gardening. If you have books to donate please bring to the shop.


For more information and to apply for any of these roles email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 01823 413923.


Other vacancies


Over and above the vacancies listed above we run a rolling recruitment programme for events, gardens and administration

For volunteering at Events please contact Emily McCoy on 01823 413923 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For volunteering in the Garden contact our Head Gardener, Claire Reid on 01823 413923 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And for volunteering with Administration, please contact Holly Poole on 01823 413923 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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