Cafe or restaurant
A British classic. Vast and varied, Hestercombe was created by world-famous garden designer Gertrude Jekyll and architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Expect lakes, temples, formal beauty and wild walks, not to mention a rather lovely café.
Spanning three centuries of garden design, Hestercombe gives you a one-of-a-kind window into green fingered history. Explore the stunning cascades in Bampfylde’s Landscape Garden and the grandeur of the Formal Garden. Breathe in the scents of Lutyens’ fragrant Rose Garden. And discover a whole host of intriguing garden buildings. Inside the house itself, Hestercombe Gallery brings art and landscape together, blending the heritage of garden design with contemporary works from artists and designers. Coupled with a restaurant offering ‘sparkling afternoon tea’ and a seasonal, garden-sourced lunch menu, Hestercombe is ideal for a few hours or a full day.
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm (last entry at 4pm). All visitors must pre-book their admission online by 5pm on the day before they intend to visit
Garden audio tours
Listen in on the secrets of selected gardens from their head gardeners. Our audio tours take you through seasonal planting, histories and stories.