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