The DogPeople Blog
  1. Hestercombe Gardens near Taunton in Somerset joins

    A new dog friendly garden has joined our dog friendly attractions and days out directory.  Hestercombe Gardens near Taunton in Somerset offers 50 acres of gardens displaying three centuries of garden design.  Dogs are welcome and catered for with water bowls and scoop bins.  As well as the gardens responsible owners can also enjoy a café, shop, plant centre and art gallery.  Dogs on leads are also welcome in the café – see our dog friendly pubs and food directory.

    This is a quote from the garden’s website:

    “This is Hestercombe – a unique combination of three centuries of garden design: Coplestone Warre Bampfylde’s Georgian landscape garden, the Victorian terrace and shrubbery and the stunning Edwardian garden design by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll.
    All of our gardens have undergone acclaimed restoration works and today provide important examples of gardens in contrasting styles that continue to grow and develop. The award-winning visitor facilities include the warm and welcoming Stables Kitchen Cafe with a bright, airy courtyard. Plus find the Column Room Restaurant inside Hestercombe House serving quintissentially British afternoon teas and delicious light lunches.
    The Gardens Shop is full of beautiful things for the home and garden and the Plant Centre is well stocked with a wide variety of plants. These facilities and the well-appointed picnic area and under 7s playground have free entry. The restored 17th century watermill complex showcases the historic uses of renewable energy alongside the original working mill machinery and is set in the heart of the gardens.
    There are so many things to do! The Somerset Gardens at Hestercombe are open all year round (except Christmas Day), has lots of exciting events and loves your dogs!”