Explore the tranquil Hestercombe Gardens

Explore 50 acres of quintessential Somerset gardens, which span three centuries of garden design. Hestercombe House and Gardens offer a famously unique collection of gardens, which have undergone acclaimed restoration works and continue to grow, giving visitors a stunning setting from which to explore, learn and relax. The site thrives as an independent charitable trust, which relies on a dedicated team of volunteers. All proceeds from admissions, membership, retail and events supporting the continued restoration, maintenance and development of the exquisite gardens.

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Descend the steps onto the Grey Walk, which promising soft borders of silver and grey leaved plants, or take to the fragrant Rose Garden, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens to offer cool shade and striking views. Follow the gravel walk towards Rook Wood, where you’ll discover a splendid view from the magnificent Daisy Steps, which provide a link between the Formal and earlier Landscape Gardens. There is also an enclosed Victorian Shrubbery, with a 19th century yew tunnel and views to a Victorian water tower.

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The Landscape Garden also incorporates a restored 18th century Octagon Summerhouse, offering framed views of the gardens up and down the fertile valley, while the Great Cascade provides a dramatic centrepiece at the heart of the garden. Take a pause by the Rustic Seat, which offers another fine viewpoint from which to stop and contemplate the sublime scene, meanwhile the neighbouring ponds also offer tranquil places to sit and reflect.

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Elsewhere, the Terrace Walk leads to the Chinese Seat, whilst the Valley of Cascades offers a glimpse through the trees to the Pope’s Urn. Cross the manicured Orangery Lawns and enter into the Formal Gardens, where you’ll find the Dutch Garden which extends towards the Rotunda. You can also lookout over the Victorian Terrace to the widely-acclaimed Great Plat, a great sunken parterre, with geometric borders edged with stone and brightly coloured florals.

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You can also explore further garden buildings that include the Gothic Alcove, Temple Arbour, Witch House and Mausoleum along the route towards the 17th century Water Mill. It seems perfectly plausible to wile away the hours in this outdoor haven, so it may be worth making a day of it if planning a visit from Bath.