I haven’t managed to visit all of these places during my current visit home but I thought I would compile a list of places that I really love to visit in and around Somerset so I can show you the places I love from my home. I will begin today with Hestercombe House which is in the heart of somerset just outside of Taunton.
I don’t think it is a very well known location but it is well worth a visit if you find yourself in Somerset. There are usually lots of events going on at the house and gardens as well.
When I discovered my love of photography and also that Hestercombe House existed I used to visit it a lot for a wander around, to take some pictures and of course enjoy a spot of afternoon tea in the lovely cafe.
From my first visit to the gardens I loved the location, its gorgeous views and stunning walks are very inspiring even if you visit time and again. It’s also a lovely place to spend time with your family.
The website describes the gardens as 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. It really is a stunning location.
When we last visited there was a lovely cat watching over the gardens. However he was easy to distract with a quick scratch behind the ear!
There is a beautiful Orangery in the middle of the gardens which is a very popular wedding venue but also lovely to wander around and explore for everyone.
My favourite time of day to visit is later afternoon when it is a bit chilly and you get the lovely lighting. The sunsets make it more than worthwhile for a visit and can definitely give Darwin a run for its money on the sunsent front.