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“A must for garden lovers”

Hestercombe Gardens
Ranked #3 of 43 things to do in Taunton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Hestercombe is 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 work 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.Copyright © Hestercombe Gardens
Zomergem, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A must for garden lovers”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

We were lucky to have a warm sunny day so walking through the gardens both formal and natural was a magical experience, beautiful views of Somerset countryside from the top, and the gardens ... just are wow!

Visited June 2014
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devon
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Absolutely stunning, best of its kind”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

This is the best formal garden I have ever visited designed by Lutyens. There is so much here, so much to see, it's hard to be disappointed. And as a bonus the house has just been opened up to the public too. There's not much there yet, except a contemporary art exhibitiowhich is not yo my taste, but the house retains many original and restored features. An absolute must! Plant prices are reasonable too

Visited June 2014
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Wellington, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Lovely gardens”
Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

Lovely gardens but was quite expensive! It was a relaxing day out and enjoyed very much. Would recommend it if you love gardens

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Taunton, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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“Marvellous place to visit”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

Do visit this house and gardens. You could easily spend the whole day here. Much to see outside in the gardens and the exhibitions in the house.

Visited June 2014
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Taunton, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“"Paradise restored"”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

This is the title they give to the beautiful gardens at Hestercombe. It is a delightful mix of informal woodland walks and the formal gardens of the house. Walk high into the hillside woods past the various ponds, cascades and hidden interesting shelters like the witches house. Experience sudden and stunning views of Taunton Vale and follow pathways that lead down to the mill and cafeteria. Treat yourself to delicious coffee and homemade cake, or a tasty hot meal if you wish. The shop is well stocked for souvenirs and lots of plants for the gardeners but don't expect too much from the house. It was only acquired by the Trust last year and only opened to the public this season with a contemporary art exhibition. Not expensive to get in and the price includes a voluntary donation to the Trust. There is plenty of educational value and interest for the children including a live batcam showing the horseshoe bats in the roof. Well worth the visit!

Visited June 2014
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