Hestercombe Gardens


Prologue

 

Hestercombe has three different gardens from three different centuries: an eighteenth century landscape garden, a nineteenth century Victorian terrace and a model Edwardian formal garden designed by the most fashionable designers of their day at the height of their powers.

Landscape gardens were built into the combe behind Hestercombe house by Coplestone Warre Bampfylde 1750s and feature a series of artificial lakes, a man-made waterfall and various folly buildings to explore.

A Victorian terrace was added behind the house in the nineteenth century and the Edwardian garden is regarded by many as the finest surviving work of Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, the premier garden designers of the early twentieth century.

Due to years of neglect, these gardens were lost for a long time, but after years of restorative work first by Somerset County Council and then by the Hestercombe Gardens Trust meant that in 1997 they were reopened to the public for the first time in 125 years.