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Often described as a definitive English garden, Hestercombe Gardens is a gorgeous mix of three centuries of design and the result is a glorious site that welcomes walkers (and their dogs) all year round. The landscape garden is Georgian, the work of 18th century designer Coplestone Warre Bampfylde, while the terrace and shrubbery are Victorian creations. At the turn of the century, however, Edwardian garden design dominated as Sir Edward Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll remodelled and expanded upon the brilliant work already achieved. History aside, what you have here is a blissful place to wander through the seasons, with little woodland walks, pretty ponds and lakes and 18th century pavilions sited to provide divine English countryside views. Amazing to think that just a few decades ago this precious 40-acre Somerset spot filled with lakes, temples and woodland walks was derelict and overgrown. Parents should direct the kids to the restored 17th century watermill with working flour mill and apple press and the play area. There are also seasonal trails for children.
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Information on Hestercombe Gardens , Cheddon Fitzpaine , Taunton
|Opening Times:||All year, Daily, 10:00-18:00. Closed Xmas Day. Last admission 17.00.|
|Admission:||Adult £9.70, Child £3.70, Senior Citizen £9.00, Students £5.10, Wheelchair users £4.85 (Helper Free). Includes a voluntary donation to assist with continuing restoration.|
|Child Friendly:||Children of all ages welcome|
|Dog Friendly:||Dogs Permitted (Dogs on Leads)|
|Location:||Four miles from Taunton, signposted from all main roads with Tourist Information Daisy symbol.|
Coaches Welcome, Free Parking, Gift Shop, Plants for Sale, Guided Tours (restrictions may apply), Limited Disabled Access, Restaurant
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Fri 06 Sep 2013 – Sun 15 Sep 2013
For two weekends in September the gardens are transformed after dark. Light sculpture and imagery illuminate the otherworldy side of Hestercombe.
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