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“Lovely Day Out”

Hestercombe Gardens
Ranked #5 of 49 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to Hestercombe with my 2 grandchildren aged 13 and 11 for the day and passed away a lovely few hours. We all loved it especially the viewing points like the witches house and the waterfall. It helped that the weather was beautiful too.
The contemporary art exhibition in the house was interesting and the second hand book shop had some amazing books for sale.
We had lunch in the cafe which was lovely and well presented but a little pricey.
We liked it so much we bought annual passes. This is somewhere you could come time and time again.

Thank LoubylouRochdale
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a lot of walking to see everything but it is well worth it. The little shop was nice but we did find the cafe to be rather expensive so best take your own food and drink to keep costs sensible.

Thank 2Nelsons
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Reclaimed from decades of neglect and restored since the 1960's, as a labor of love by a non-profit gardens trust, the gardens are in three parts:

1. A fifty-acre Georgian landscape park, with walking trails through woodland valleys, follies and a pretty cascade;

2. A formal Victorian terrace, with islands of bedding plants;

3. A very large sunken garden below, a 1904-1908 collaboration by the informal partnership of Sir Edwin Lutyens, who did the hardscape (also note the "Lutyens benches") and Gertrude Jekyll, who supplied the planting plans and first plants. This garden is widely considered to be their joint masterpiece. It is also one of three faithful restorations (Munstead Wood, Upton Grey) of Jekyll's artistic vision and work.

The exterior visitor center has the casual Stables Cafe and a gift shop that includes plant sales. Inside the house, there is a small art gallery, with art for sale, and a used book shop. The Column Restaurant provided our coach tour with a generous and colorful buffet for a light lunch.

See the website for visiting hours and public events.

1  Thank mrsagf
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A delightful set of gardens and estate to wander around on a summers day, very pretty in Spring too with naturalised bulbs everywhere. Excellent tearooms ,although picnics are in evidence in the valley setting, not the easiest paths for disabled or senior citizens, but if time is no problem it is just a place of beauty to enjoy.

Thank Jayne M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The gardens and grounds are really lovely and worth a visit. We would recommend that you wear fairly stout footwear and do not wear sandals because the paths are gravel and you would spend time emptying your sandals!

We would also advise taking a picnic as the cafes are dog friendly and the main restaurant had nothing we could eat. Fortunately we took a picnic.

There are dog treats available on the entrance and other places and we nearly didn't go in as we had to wait for the dogs to get their treats and cuddles. Although we used to have a lot of dogs we don't like dogs in restaurants. However, the grounds are big enough for dog owners not to be a problem. And it is the dog owners who are the problem, not the dogs.

Totally recommend visiting but take a picnic.

Thank Polly K
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