To visit the Gardens, Gallery and House, you no longer need to pre-book a timed admission slot online (simply purchase gardens admission on arrival). Summer Late openings take place every Wednesday evening.
Once a scene of crumbling buildings, thick with overgrown trees and silted lakes, Hestercombe has been brought back to life over the past 25 years. Much progress has been made but many areas still await restoration. Please help us.
We need to raise £1.5 million to complete a number of exciting garden projects and safeguard this historic garden’s future.
Our Lime Tree avenue now only exists in photographs but was once a beautiful landscape feature running along the west side of the formal garden. With your help we can replant this original avenue of trees, bringing the design of the original historic garden back to life. [Image: Lime tree avenue to right of formal gardens, Country Life 17 Oct 1908]
Through our Garden Appeal many garden features will be restored. With your help we aim to rebuild the Hermitage – a rustic garden building high up in the landscape garden, completing Coplestone Warre Bampfylde’s original 18th century design. [Image: example hermitage from Universal Architecture, by Thomas Wright 1755]
The Octagon Summerhouse is one of Hestercombe’s iconic features. In the 18th century an adjoining garden kitchen would have been used to entertain guest away from the formality of the house. We plan to recreate this kitchen – bringing a piece of 18th century social history back to life.
Hestercombe is an evolving place. Our aim to fully restore and develop the gardens is the first important step towards our future vision. This vision involves developing Hestercombe’s historic house, and, building on the foundation of the Gallery, reconnect the estate with its artistic legacy by becoming a Centre for Art and Landscape. Our future plans are ambitious but exciting – watch this short video to find out more.