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.
Large wall installation of a calm sea
One of the rooms contains a huge collection of bottles filled with water from the world’s oceans – brilliant
A sculpture of basalt – its the Giant’s Causeway in miniature!
A wave made of wax
This 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.
The main house – was used for many years as the HQ of the Somerset Fire Service
Looking over the formal gardens
It is worth comparing Hestercombe’s gardens with those at Castle Drogo – both were designed by Lutyens
The water features run with water out of the Quantocks
Must go back in the summer – this will be aide then with roses
Autumn sun on the terraces
Tomorrow I will share some photos from inside the house