Arrow IconFor advertiser information contact us or view our advertising information
Your Local Guide
Contact Details
Tel: 01823 413923
Sponsored Adverts

Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton
Somerset
TA2 8LG

Tel: 01823 413923


Follow us _on FacebookWelcome to Hestercombe House and Gardens, with fifty acres of stunning landscape and formal gardens. Easy to find, we’re just minutes from the centre of Taunton, and 6 miles from Junction 25 of the M5.

Follow us _on TwitterExplore three centuries of garden design – including collaborations between Gertrude Jekyll and Edward Lutyens – enjoy the work of top contemporary artists at Hestercombe Gallery, relax with afternoon tea in the elegant Column Room, and take advantage of our regular activities for children and adults.

Read our Tripadvisor reviewsBegin a journey of discovery…
Hestercombe Gardens are unique as they span three centuries of garden design. Set within 50 acres, the Victorian Shrubbery, the Georgian Landscape Garden and the Edwardian Formal Gardens all offer a different experience as you explore Hestercombe.

Setting off along the gravel walk on the southern edge of Rook Wood you’ll discover a breathtaking view from the magnificent Daisy Steps which were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens to create a link between his Formal Garden and the earlier Landscape Garden.
 
Hestercombe Gardens 

The Victorian Shrubbery is a small enclosed garden incorporating a nineteenth century yew tunnel with views to the Victorian water tower.

Hestercombe’s Landscape Garden, designed by Coplestone Warre Bampfylde, incorporates the restored eighteenth century Octagon Summerhouse and its framed views of the gardens both up and down the valley.

The Terrace Walk leads to the Chinese Seat and the Valley of Cascades glimpses through the trees to see the Pope’s Urn ­ so named after the original design by William Kent for the poet Alexander Pope and erected in his garden at Twickenham.

The spectacular Great Cascade is the dramatic centrepiece of the Landscape Garden and its theatrical effect was inspired by Bampfylde’s visit to William Shenstone’s garden, The Leasowes, in 1762. Opposite is another viewing point – the Rustic Seat allowing the visitor to stop and contemplate this sublime scene.
 
Hestercombe Gardens 

Two ponds, the Box Pond and the Pear Pond make for tranquil places to sit and reflect on your journey around the gardens. And further garden buildings, the Gothic Alcove, the Temple Arbour, the Witch House and Mausoleum all punctuate the walk towards the restored 17th century Water Mill with its Dynamo House and Mill Room.

Cross the manicured Orangery Lawns towards the Formal Gardens where you’ll find the Dutch Garden and the impressive Orangery.

The Formal Gardens extend to the Rotunda with views across the East Rill and then follow the path across the Victorian Terrace overlooking the world acclaimed Great Plat resplendent with bright colours specified by garden designer Gertrude Jekyll.
 
Hestercombe Gardens 

When you descend the steps leading to the Grey Walk with soft borders of silver and grey leaved plants you’ll find yourself on The Great Plat – a great sunken parterre laid out with geometric borders edged with stone and ringed with luxuriant bergenia. The East and West Rills frame this garden with a Pergola enclosing the garden at the bottom and allow it to remain linked to and be part of the surrounding countryside.
Back through the fragrant Rose Garden, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens to offer cool shade you’ll find yet more stunning views.

Contemporary Art at Hestercombe Gallery
Hestercombe Contemporary Art Gallery aims to present the best in contemporary arts practice whilst focusing on the relationship between art and landscape. We aim to be a place where art is not just shown but where artists and designers can explore, collaborate, research and respond to make new work through residencies and commissions.

Hestercombe has always had a place at the leading edge of creativity, from Coplestone Warre Bampfylde’s groundbreaking landscape garden design with its borrowed views, to Gertrude Jeykyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens’ collaboration that pushed the boundaries of garden design and planting in the formal gardens.

Based in the historic Hestercombe House, the Contemporary Art Gallery is open daily 11am – 5pm, and entry is via our Ticket Office.
 
Hestercoombe Gardens 

Stables Café
After you’ve explored the house and gardens at Hestercombe, what better way to wind­-down and relax than with a freshly­-ground coffee or hot pot of tea, a delicious slice of homemade cake or a tasty hot or cold lunch. Situated in the historic old stables at Hestercombe’s visitor entrance, the Stables Café is the perfect place to put your feet up, and indulge with some great food.

The Column Room Restaurant
Our quintessentially British afternoon tea is just one of the offerings from the elegant Column Room Restaurant. The prettiest room in Hestercombe House, and the original sitting room of the Portman family, you can enjoy stunning views over the Formal Gardens of the Victorian Terrace and Great Plat, while you sip your loose leaf tea, just as they would in the late 19th century.
 
Hestercoombe Gardens 

Gift Shop and Plant Centre
The Hestercombe Gardens Shop is an essential stop on the Hestercombe trail. Inside you’ll find a treasure trove full of garden gadgets, gorgeous gifts, tempting toiletries and tasty treats. Whether you’re looking for a special present or just something to remind you of your visit to Hestercombe, there’s plenty to choose from, and with many locally sourced products, it’s a Taunton shopping paradise.

Next to the shop you’ll find the Plant Centre. The Plant Centre is full of healthy happy plants which are all seasonally selected. We also have a range of plants that come from our beautiful gardens so there’s plenty of choice for everyone.

Both the Gift Shop and Plant Centre are open from 10am-5pm daily, and are free to enter – no admission fee or membership required.
 
Hestcoombe Gardens