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Somerset Gardens

The  Newt, Batcombe House
Holcombe Court, Kilver Court, Westbrook House
Hestercombe, Yews Farm,
Staying at the Castle Hotel, Taunton
14 – 17 June 2021 (3 nights)

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A new Somerset garden tour with an itinerary that includes a combination of historic, contemporary and of course exceptional quintessentially English gardens whilst staying at the historic and very comfortable 4 star Castle Hotel. This elegant historic hotel and restaurant with origins stretching over 1000 years is in the town centre of Taunton.

The Newt, formally the gardens at Hadspen House, have been entirely replanted and redesigned.  At the garden’s heart lies the egg-shaped Parabola walled garden, featuring a series of dramatic curved dry stone wall terraces now planted with a comprehensive collection of 460 trained British apple trees (267 varieties) arranged in a Baroque-style maze with a further series of ornamental spaces for the Kitchen Garden, Fragrance Garden, Colour Gardens and Cascades. The outer landscape includes the Treetop walk and History of Gardening Museum.

Batcombe House:  Garden designer Libby Russell has spent 16 years developing her own Somerset garden, unifying two distinct halves within a valley, filling it with year-round colour, the result being a absolutely stunning and very beautiful garden with fantastic plant interest.   Westbrook House:  This beautiful 4 acre private garden near Glastonbury has three distinct formal areas around house with mixed borders of clipped box and yew, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, cottage style plantings and trees. Beyond are mown paths leading through the meadow with spring bulbs, lilacs and species and wild roses and finally two orchards planted with old-varieties of fruit trees and interplanted with shrub roses and philadelphus.

Kilver Court:  Hidden away behind vast stone textile mills and beautifully framed by the sweeping curve of Charlton Viaduct these gardens are an unexpected gem.  They include a formal parterre, subtropical island and an extensive 100 m herbaceous border filled with numerous plant varieties. Yews Farm a one acre theatrical planting in a walled garden. Outsized plants, sculptural plants for height, shape, leaf and texture, organic kitchen garden, hens, pigs and cider!

Holcombe Court:  A Grade 1 Tudor manor house with a seven acre garden that includes herbaceous borders, trout ponds, Victorian rockery, woodland garden, vegetable parterre within an 18th century walled garden and much more. Finally the remarkable garden at Hestercombe where the formal gardens featuring terraces, rills and an orangery, are the supreme example of the Lutyens/Jekyll partnership. The 18th century landscape garden or Georgian pleasure grounds include classical temples and a Great Cascade

Monday 14 June:  Check into the hotel from 3 pm. Evening drink before dinner.

Tuesday 15 June:  Garden visits to awaiting confirmation on private garden for morning visit. Kilver Court where lunch can be purchased in the various adjacent outlets and afternoon visit to Westbrook house with refreshments.

Wednesday 16 June: Garden visit  - Yews Farm, The Newt (light lunch included) and then Batcombe House.

Thursday 17 June: Checking out of the hotel before visit to Holcombe Court and late morning to Hestercombe returning to the hotel/Taunton station for 2.45 pm.  You might consider following in the car or if trains are earlier we can ask the coach to take you to the station while others at Hestercombe if more convenient for timings.


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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 3 nights’ dinner accommodation and breakfast
  • 1 pre-ordered picnic lunch/refreshments where stated
  • Garden entries, coaching
  • Heritage Touring representative


Price per person: £669
Single supplement:
(double for sole occupancy)
Non-refundable deposit: £150

Parking is available at the hotel but a fee (£10 per day).
Nearest station Taunton mainline to London Paddington

The Castle Hotel

The Castle Hotel
Castle Green
Somerset   TA1 1NF

Sat Nav: TA1 4AF


Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate,  lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching. 

You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed.  We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.

We strongly recommend that you take out holiday insurance for protection against any cancellation charges, loss of deposit and other eventualities even for holidays in the United Kingdom and for emergency medical expenses and injury, death, repatriation home if travelling abroad.   Heritage Touring does not offer or sell insurance but can give assistance in locating travel insurance companies. Travel insurance is mandatory for all passengers travelling abroad.