The art gallery at Hestercombe – Oceans

Hestercombe House is now empty and acts as a large gallery. When I visited it was hosting an exhibition called Oceans by Tania Kovats who lives in Devon. The exhibition runs until 11th January 2015 – well worth a visit. Here are a few photos of a some of the pieces of art.

Hestercombe 4Large wall installation of a calm sea

Hestercombe 5One of the rooms contains a huge collection of bottles filled with water from the world’s oceans – brilliant

Hestercombe 9A sculpture of basalt – its the Giant’s Causeway in miniature!

Hestercombe 7A wave made of wax

Hestercombe 10This sign is on one of the walls and points back to the building’s former use as Somerset Fire Service’s HQ



Hestercombe is a house and gardens that have been saved from the brink and restored over the last 20 years. The landscape garden was created in the 18th century and then in 1909 Lutyens and Jekyll designed and made the shrubbery and terraces. Hestercombe is just outside Taunton and is open all year round. Here are a few photos.

Hestercombe 02The main house – was used for many years as the HQ of the Somerset Fire ┬áService

Hestercombe 29Looking over the formal gardens

Hestercombe 30It is worth comparing Hestercombe’s gardens with those at Castle Drogo – both were designed by Lutyens

Hestercombe 22The water features run with water out of the Quantocks

Hestercombe 21Must go back in the summer – this will be aide then with roses

Hestercombe 16Autumn sun on the terraces

Tomorrow I will share some photos from inside the house