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Hestercombe House

  • House & Family History: Hestercombe is a house in the Free Renaissance style that sports a porte-cochere and an enormous Entrance Hall. The House's most notable resident was architect, landscape enthusiast, and amateur painter Copplestone Warre Bampfylde. Bampfylde is noted for his designs for cascades at Hestercombe and at Stourhead; he made many drawings of the gardens at Stourhead in the 18th century. Hestercombe House is today the headquarters of the local fire brigade.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The 50 acres of gardens are listed Grade I on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens. Coplestone Warre Bampfylde designed the Secret Landscape Garden in the 1750s. Bampfylde devised an ingenious Cascade that fell from a great height among rocks; in 1765 he was responsible, together with William Hoare, for constructing a cascade at Stourhead. Sir Edwin Lutyens designed the formal gardens, which were planted by Gertrude Jekyll and finished in 1906. The secret Landscape Garden was re-opened in the spring of 1997 for the first time in 125 years. In 2003 the trust that is restoring the gardens received a grant of £3.7 million.

  • Architect: Coplestone Warre Bampfylde

    Date: 1750s
    Designed: Secret Landscape Gardens, including Cascade, for himself.

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    Architect: Edwin Landseer Lutyens

    Date: Completed 1906
    Designed: Formal gardens, together with Jekyll.

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    Architect: Gertrude Jekyll

    Date: Completed 1906
    Designed: Formal gardens, together with Lutyens.

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  • Title: Stourhead Landscape, The - 1999
    Author: Woodbridge, Kenneth
    Year Published: 1999
    Reference: pg. 27
    Publisher: London: The National Trust
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus
    Year Published: 1958
    Reference: pg. 194
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade I

  • "Country House Rescue" (2008 - TV documentary, episode 1.1, "Cothay Manor").
  • Past Seat / Home of: Copplestone Warre Bampfylde, 18th century. Edward Berkeley Portman, 1st Viscount Portman, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Government

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Other

    Ownership Details: Owned by Somerset County Council and used as the local fire brigade headquarters. The Gardens are being restored by the Hestercombe Gardens Project.

  • House Open to Public: Grounds Only

    Phone: 01823-413-923

    Fax: 01823-413-747

    Email: info@hestercombe.com

    Website: http://www.hestercombe.com

    Historic Houses Member: Yes