Latest Visitor Information

  • 22 April 2014
    Meet Head Gardener Claire Reid and come along on a tour of Hestercombe. Taking about 1.5 hours, you will learn about the gardens, the history and how ...
  • 16 April 2014
    The bluebell walk is open!  Gotton Copse is full with beautiful blues as the bluebells burst into flower. Follow the signs, admission is included in ...
  • 03 April 2014
    From Saturday 5th April families can join in on a fun Easter egg hunt set in the landscape (and formal) gardens. Look out for eggs along the way and a...

Thank you

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.
Jo Brown
( Jo Brown , Broadhempston WI )

Welcome to Hestercombe Gardens


Pear Pond

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 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 Restaurant & Coffee Shop with a bright, airy, stylish Courtyard.  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. Lutyens Gallery, part of the Stables Restaurant has exhibitions by local artists with new works on display every month. These facilities and the well-appointed picnic area and under 7s playground have free entry.The Pergola

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.

Hestercombe is open all year round (except Christmas Day), has lots of exciting events and loves your dogs!

Hestercombe is an independent charity and all proceed 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





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