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The Newt in Somerset
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Woods, orchards, and cultivated gardens are nurtured using age-old skills at The Newt in Somerset. Close to artistic Bruton, this large working estate immerses visitors in the tranquillity of nature.
The world-class gardens at The Newt cleverly evoke different historic eras. Explore the Cottage Garden for a glimpse of Gertrude Jekyll’s famous landscaping style, and see the flowers that scented 19th century gardens in the Victorian area. The Cascade is a contemporary twist on traditional water features, and the Colour Gardens feature hellebores, astrantias and anemones inspired by garden designer Penelope Hobhouse. Her family home was The Newt’s Georgian manor Hadspen House – now a luxurious hotel. Once you’ve taken in the gardens and explored the woodland walkways, you can refuel at The Garden Café. Or, at the Cyder Press, sample the cider made from the estate’s 3,000 apple trees, perhaps enjoying a guided tour of the cellar and apple pressing demonstrations. Make sure to activate your Garden Membership on Candide, and return to The Newt as often as you like over the next 12 months. Accessibility Information All gardens areas are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, though via indirect routes – often up thick lawns, steep gradients, uneven ground and gravelled pathways. Pushchairs may be stored at the Threshing Barn, and for longer distances transport is available for those requiring assistance.
SUMMER HOURS 28th March – 24th October, 9am – 6pm. WINTER HOURS 25th October – 27th March, 10am – 4.30pm. Please note, all day visitors to The Newt in Somerset are now required to purchase an advance ticket or use a valid Garden Membership. Advance tickets can be converted to a 12-month Garden Membership free of charge within 30 days of your first visit. Advance booking is recommended for The Newt's food offerings, including the Garden Café and picnics. To book, please visit The Newt in Somerset website directly. In order to preserve the environment of the gardens for the enjoyment of all, personal picnics are not allowed.
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.