Monday, 12 May 2014

Hestercombe garden Part 1

I am a leaflet picker upperer.  I always stop at the displays of local tourist attraction leaflets and pick up a few.  One that I have collected many times, but never visited was for Hestercombe Gardens near Taunton in Somerset.  When we visited the area recently we stopped in for a look around.  I thought that it was quite expensive, but if you are in the local area there are also memberships available which would make it a cheaper place to visit over a year.  Also, had I looked properly through all those leaflets I collected before we visited I would have found the 20% off voucher which would have helped!

So, here we go with our visit around Hestercome Gardens, as usual it is in the order that we walked around to give you a feel of the place as you might visit yourself.  There is a much larger area to walk around than just the walled garden that I am showing you here, but as you will see from the photos it was a very grey day and as we came out of the walled garden it started to rain heavily so we didn't visit the rest of the gardens.  Perhaps we will go there another time.

As there are a lot of photos from our visit I have split this into two, today I am concentrating on the landscape and architectural details, the next post will be the plants.
 












 
 






 






 
 
 















 


I hope that you enjoyed your visit.

Amy

32 comments:

  1. Hi Amy, thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos, it really is an extraordinary garden, so much diversity of architecture and plants! It's hard to believe that you can find it all in just one place. I can't wait to see the second part :)
    Marielle

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  2. Amy, I certainly did enjoy my visit. It has certainly got the wow factor, beautiful place to visit. The photos are stunning, you should go into advertising.

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  3. Beautiful vistas, wonderful old stonework, so much to see in this amazing walled garden. Thank you for showing us, Amy, and look forward to the second chapter!

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  4. Absolutely breathtaking..I'd love to see it in the summer..can you imagine?!!
    Jane x

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  5. WHAT AN AMAZING PLACE!!!! That garden is full of beauty and mystery! I absolutely loved my visit! And the stone work is out of this world amazing! My goodness...I bet you were just at peace walking through that beautiful garden! Thank you for sharing this one friend and have a great day!!! Nicole xoxoxo

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  6. Very nice. There's so much to see here, I absolutely love all the stone, the walls are beautiful. It looks like you had the place to yourself, always handy for taking photos when there aren't many people about.

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  7. Lovely photos, I do like the pots in the courtyard, can't wait to see the plants now!

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  8. It's lovely! Hope you had an enjoyable wander round :) xx

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  9. Looks great - another one to add to my list of places to visit. :) x

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  10. What a lovely place thank you for showing us Amy I love the view from that oval window it's stunning. :)

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  11. Gosh, this really is a blast from the past! I grew up near Taunton and Hestercombe was very familiar to me then.

    Gorgeous images Amy! I can see it was overcast but you've totally made the most of the light you had :)

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  12. Great pictures of beautiful gardens. As for the leaflet thing, I'm glad I'm not the only one!

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  13. Beautiful! I love the hole in the wall shot, so interesting. Looking forward to part 2. :)

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  14. Another beautiful and interesting visit. I particularly like all of the different types of water features in this one.

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  15. Hey Amy,

    I love visiting gardens and house (we are NT members). I like them in winter when you can see the bones of a place. And like you I love looking at the architecture and structure of a place. We are hoping to do a little south west tour this summer in Betty. I shall put this place on my wish list.
    Leanne xx

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  16. I am one of those leaflet pickers too! We have visited here in the middle of summer and the flowers were amazing. Your images make you appreciate the structure of the garden. Sarah x

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  17. Hello Amy, I've been away from blogging at bit recently but have loved catching up with your recent posts and visits to different places. It's so interesting to discover somewhere new. Hestercombe looks a lovely place to wander around.

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  18. Wow, these gardens are stunning. What a wonderful place to wander and explore and take photos. :) I love all the stonework. Thanks for visiting Amy. Have a lovely week. Pamela

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  19. Amazing place, the stonework is beautiful amongst the landscaping. Thanks for the tour Amy. Xx

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  20. Amy,
    An amazing place. From the architecture, stonework to the landscape. Great pictures. Thank you!

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  21. What wonderful pictures - those gardens are stunning. I love the water feature with the stone head above it, and the holes in the walls that frame the views are gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing the plants.

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  22. Gardens are beautiful. The architectural details are exquisite.

    Look forward to part 2.

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  23. aww Amy! You have me with all these charming pictures look awesome thanks by sharing with us I really enjoyed I will see again now:)

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  24. I saw the link too Amy thanks! look like Dowton Abbey didn't? or maybe I have the idea but I love it!!
    xoxox

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  25. Gorgeous photo's as always.

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  26. Wonderful pictures Amy, That garden is amazing!

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  27. Its beautiful - thanks for sharing. x

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  28. I'm definitely over-due a visit to a Grand Country House :-) Imagine the work it must take to keep those gardens looking spic and span! x

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  29. Oh my goodness!! What a gorgeous garden!! The details of walls and trellises and waterfalls ... all so amazing. I would love to visit such a place. Thank you for sharing so many photos of this beautiful place Amy. I'll have to share this with my son who loves to see this type of formal garden. Even though the rain came down, you seem to have got in a fairly good visit. Can't you just imagine having a fancy dinner in that summer house! Wendy x

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  30. Thank you for our tour, do I get a voucher for a free tea if I buy some cake?
    Beautiful place and such a lot to look at.

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  31. What a lovely place, Amy. Thanks for sharing your photos. I think I remember seeing Hestercombe on a TV programme a few years ago and thought then how wondeful it looked:)

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