Last updated on 01 February 10
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Hestercombe House Gardens

  4.5/5 (2 ratings)

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An eighteenth century park with a nineteenth century house, by E W Portman, and a great twentieth century garden. The landscape park has lakes, temples and woods. The Arts and Crafts garden, by Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll has a sunken parterre, a water garden and a large pergola on the garden boundary. The Oxford Companion to Gardens observes that 'Hestercombe is remarkable for the bold, concise pattern of its layout, and for the minute attention to detail everywhere to be seen in the variety and imaginative handling of contrasting materials, whether cobble, tile, flint, or thinly coursed local stone'. Gertrude Jekyll's planting was restored from the old plans.
Address - Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset, England, TA2 8LG
Opening times - All year. Daily except Christmas Day. Open 10am to 6pm.
Admission - Adult £8.90 (includes voluntary gift aid donation)
Website - Visit the Hestercombe House Gardens website

Designers and Influences

This garden has been designed and influenced by Gertrude Jekyll, Edwin Lutyens

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  • about 4 years ago Tom said

    I agree! I visited Hestercombe about 25 years ago and then again last summer. The condition is much improved, though if I remember correctly the entry used to be free and now you have to pay!

  • about 4 years ago Charlotte said

    Oh why has nobody reviewed Hestercombe before now? it's quite glorious on a sunny day (and pretty impressive on a dull day too!).
    Wander through the formal gardens or the wooded areas and admire the vistas over the surrounding countryside. A rare treat and quite definitely a 5* garden.


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