HESTERCOMBE House and Gardens

Near Taunton, Somerset                                                  Map of places visited on this trip

2nd September 2017                                                                                       Photos by Hetty

Hestercombe is a member of  Historic Houses Association – free to friends

There is a watermill by the mill pond

and a dynamo house

The Dutch Garden

The Orangery 

It is unusual to see lemon trees in England

The Edwardian formal garden had lots of gladioli

The 16th century house was altered and enlarged in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was used by the army in WW2 and then passed to the Council, and became the fire service HQ and call centre for Somerset until 2012. The house is unfurnished but does have some grand ceilings

 

The Georgian landscape garden has lakes and follies

Octagonal Summerhouse

Chinese Seat

Rustic Seat

Charcoal burner’s camp

Gothic alcove

Temple arbour

Witch house

Mausoleum

The gardens are lovely.

Next: Westward Ho!

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