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The Newt in Somerset

Magnificent estate with productive gardens, museum and parkland.

  • 4.6

  • from 579 Google reviews

The Newt in Somerset at dawn from above
The Newt in Somerset at dawn from above

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About the garden

Woods, orchards, and cultivated gardens are nurtured using age-old skills at The Newt in Somerset. Close to artistic Bruton, this large working estate immerses visitors in the tranquillity of nature.

The world-class gardens at The Newt cleverly evoke different historic eras. Explore the Cottage Garden for a glimpse of Gertrude Jekyll’s famous landscaping style, and see the flowers that scented 19th century gardens in the Victorian area. The Cascade is a contemporary twist on traditional water features, and the Colour Gardens feature hellebores, astrantias and anemones inspired by garden designer Penelope Hobhouse. Her family home was The Newt’s Georgian manor Hadspen House – now a luxurious hotel.

Once you’ve taken in the gardens and explored the woodland walkways, you can refuel at The Garden Café. Or, at the Cyder Press, sample the cider made from the estate’s 3,000 apple trees, perhaps enjoying a guided tour of the cellar and apple pressing demonstrations.

Activating Your Membership

Make sure to activate your Garden Membership on the Candide app, and return to The Newt as often as you like over the next 12 months.

Opening times

Every day except Christmas Day Summer: 28 March – 30 October 9.00AM – 6.00PM Winter: 31 October – 27 March 9.00AM – 4.30PM

Useful details

Garden area

800 Acres

Dog walking

No - Guide dogs only.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a food stall and a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Bicycle rack in visitor car park

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved). All gardens areas are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, though via indirect routes – often up thick lawns, steep gradients, uneven ground and gravelled pathways. For longer distances transport is available for those requiring assistance.


Yes - There is a gift shop.

Wheelchair hire

Wheelchairs are available for hire. Two wheelchairs available on a first come, first served basis.

Somerset, BA7 7NG

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7 minutes by taxi from Castle Cary train station.
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Enjoy unlimited repeat entry to The Newt in Somerset for 12 months, as well as access to seasonal workshops and events, and regular updates from the estate

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Discounted membership for visitors residing in the following postcodes: Wincanton (BA9), Castle Cary (BA7), Bruton (BA10), Sparkford (BA22 7), Evercreech (BA4 6)

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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 579 Google reviews

Louisa Zielinski

a month ago


A fantastic stay! Brilliant food, friendly staff and beautiful gardens. We stayed in the Farmyard and it was brilliant- especially being able to get the buggies back and forth. The experiences that we did were great, especially loved the bee safari. My one piece of advice would be for there to be a quick tour of the Hadspen House grounds and spa we got this when we went to the Farmyard but didn’t know for example where the lawn was for our garden tour or the facilities in the spa.

Norman Bell

a month ago


What a place! No expense spared on everything in the venue. Brunch was excellent and the view was superb. All the staff were extremely helpful and pleasant. The tour of the garden was informative and well delivered. Definitely worth joining as a member if you live anywhere nearby

Simon Winter

a month ago


Fantastic spot, loved the landscape, especially the brilliantly trained fruit trees and innovative design in the gardens. Food was outstanding and even though I’m a meat eater I found it highly refreshing to see so many vegetarian dishes on the menu. This is a place I would gladly return to numerous times per year, although the striped blazers that the staff have to wear are a bit naff 😆

Margherita Brichetto

3 weeks ago


I have used the online shop twice, and boy are they the best customer service I've ever received. The products are amazing and varied (the blood orange cruffins are glorious), the delivery is free. But what is honestly their best feature is how they respond to questions, requests, small issues and feedback. They are kind, responsive, and quite simply caring. I've never left a review for an online shop, but these people deserve to keep succeeding. I'm looking forward to visiting them in person in Somerset.

Chris Dixon

2 months ago


Not cheap unless you can go several times in a year. A lovely day out in these unique gardens. Exhibition of history of gardening well worth a look. A must if you like apples.

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01963 577 777

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