Events at Hestercombe…

Giant Book Sale

Fri, 12th Jan at 11:00 am to Sun, 4th Feb at 4:00 pm
Make your news years resolution to read more books… then visit our Giant Book Sale to browse thousands of quality second-hand books: Fiction, no Find out more »

Apple pruning workshop

Fri, 26th Jan at 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Join our Head Gardener Claire Greenslade for a morning’s workshop.  She’ll share her top tips about the best way to prune apple trees so Find out more »

Symposium at Plymouth University: Photography, performance and the historical imagination

Wed, 31st Jan at 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Trish Morrissey at Hestercombe: Photography, performance and the historical imagination A half-day multi-disciplinary symposium, hosted by Plymouth Un Find out more »

Topographies: A seminar on space, place and sensation

Tue, 6th Feb at 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Hestercombe Gallery Price: £20 Topographies is a one-day seminar exploring how we make sense of different landscapes, through contemporary 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

As a Christmas treat today I took my little cousin and her friend to visit Santa, then ice skating, the children wanted me to say thank you as they had the best time ever and Santa was amazing, they are still wondering how he knew about the untidy bedroom and eating all their vegetables!!!!
Thank you, very happy, Emelia and Toby

This is one of my very fave places to visit and I bring my friends here for a lovely lunch after a walk in the gardens. Great news that the house is now open too!