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Events at Hestercombe…

Hello Autumn Trail

Sat, 16th Sep to Sun, 1st Oct
Autumn has arrived at Hestercombe and Hester the Hedgehog is preparing for his winter hibernation. Follow in his paw prints around the gardens and fin Find out more »

Fungal Foray

Sun, 15th Oct at 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Michael Jordan, author and chairman of the Association of British Fungal Groups, will lead a fun and informative walk through the gardens to discover Find out more »

Model boats on the Mill Pond

Thu, 26th Oct at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
We’ll be sailing some beautiful model boats on the Mill Pond and they’ll be some small radio-controlled ones for you to have a go with too. No Find out more »

Christmas Market

Fri, 17th Nov to Sun, 19th Nov
Come and discover our annual Christmas market in the heart of Somerset, featuring over 60 festive stalls bursting with beautiful gifts, delicious trea 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

Refreshing to have dogs welcomed. Got balance just right of interest of things to look at on the walk.

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!!