Review: Hestercombe House and Gardens

On the way home from Wales we decided to break up the journey with a few hours at Hestercombe House and Gardens, a historic building that we’d never visited before. Hestercombe is situated near Taunton in Somerset and is a little bit off the beaten track with only a couple of signs when we got close to it – although the sat nav knew where we were going!

Hestercombe is fifty acres of beautiful gardens, lakes and other attractions. I think that in our three hours there we only really scratched the surface! There are a lot of paths through the grounds that can take you on short or long walks and so much to see whilst you walk.

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The children loved spotting the temples, summer houses and other additions through our walk although we were given free activities for the children to do on the walk round too – things to spot and see.

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Our walk took us around the lake which was beautiful from every angle. It was quite hilly but even the children managed the steeper paths and I am sure there are less steep walks too. The paths gave us great views over the grounds and there was something new to see around every corner.

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One of our favourite parts was a huge waterfall just past the lake that we walked around. It was so naturally beautiful and a great place to stop for a while.

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The children loved the bluebell walk and spent quite a while playing amongst the flowers. The also found logs to sit on and sticks to play with whilst we walked. It really was the perfect place to stretch our legs.

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After walking around the grounds we explored Hestercombe’s formal gardens that have all been beautifully restored. You could spend a whole day in these gardens alone – there are so many flowers, pottery, walkways and views to see – not to mention the fountain.

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We took some time to learn about the history of Hestercombe and took a look at the restored watermill complex although the children just wanted to be running around outside.

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Hestercombe house has been open to the public for just over a year and at the moment it is home to an art gallery and bookshop and is lovely to see both inside and out.

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After we had explored the house and gardens we went to the Stables Kitchen Cafe for a late lunch – Hubby had a baguette, I had a panini and the children had fish fingers and chips. The food was lovely and not too badly priced for a tourist attraction. The shop was also lovely, selling souvenirs as well as a selection of home and beauty products, books and a great range of plants too.

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Before we headed home the children played in the adventure playground. It’s not very big but has everything children need to keep entertained – it’s also right next to the picnic tables so the perfect place for the children to play whilst you have tea and cake.

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We loved visiting Hestercombe house and only wish we’d had a full day to explore it fully. There was a whole other lake that we didn’t get around to! I am sure we’ll be back to finish the walk.

Disclosure: We were invited to Hestercombe for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

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