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Welcome to Hestercombe Gardens, Somerset

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Discover Somerset 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 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 the Column Room restaurant 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 our secondhand book shop and relax to enjoy a delectable and classic Afternoon tea in the elegent surroundings of the Column Room restaurant.

Find out about Hestercombe House on our history pages.

 

Latest Visitor Information

  • POSTED BY Anna
    Tables still available for a scrumptious Mothering Sunday lunch in the stately Bampfylde Hall.  Call 01823 413923 to book.
  • POSTED BY Anna
    Spring has sprung in our plant centre!  Fill your garden with golden daffodils, pretty primroses and colourful crocuses...
  • POSTED BY Anna
    During the Easter weekend, hundreds of books will line the walls of Hestercombe House.  Come and see what you can find...

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Thank you

Mr Paul Thomas
2014-05-08, 13:37
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.