Buzzing About Our New Bees

Buzzing About Our New Bees

We’re welcoming bees into a new home at Hestercombe, with the delivery of six hives for these humble honey makers. Ian Stiby and Rosie Ellis, who are beekeeping partners at Three Bridges Apriary, have brought the new colony to the orchards of Hestercombe so we can...
How We Make Charcoal

How We Make Charcoal

Tomorrow is Charcoal Burning Day at Hestercombe. It means an early start for our Gardens Team who will light the kiln at 5am and stay up at the Charcoal Burner’s Camp in the woods until it gets dark and the charcoal is made. We’re also open a little later than usual...
BBQ Tips: How to perfect your BBQ this summer

BBQ Tips: How to perfect your BBQ this summer

by Mathew Taylor, Head Chef at Hestercombe We all like the idea of sitting out in the sun and having a barbecue with family or friends during the summer. For most people it’s a great occasion but for that one person put in charge of the catering (which usually happens...
From the Archives: Cricket, Anyone?

From the Archives: Cricket, Anyone?

MEMORIES OF HESTERCOMBE – PART 18: CRICKET ANYONE? The Hestercombe archives are bursting at the seams with facts, pictures and accounts of the history of Hestercombe and those who lived and worked here. In this installment of Memories of Hestercombe – and with...
Looking After Our Feathered Friends

Looking After Our Feathered Friends

For the keen twitcher, the amateur bird watcher or the casual observer of our feathered friends, we’ve the perfect setting at Hestercombe to get a view of some of Britain’s favourite garden birds. Findings from the recent 40th RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch highlighted...