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The Newt in Somerset

Magnificent estate with productive gardens, museum and parkland.

  • 4.6

  • from 585 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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Enjoy 12 months of unlimited repeat entry to The Newt in Somerset for two adults living at the same address

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Local Membership

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 585 Google reviews

Joshua Beebe

in the last week


This is actually one of the most fantastic places I've ever been. We have membership to the gardens and they are heavenly. The garden restaurant is resplendent with a view to die for and the fine cyder is the most unbelievable experience. Can't give it enough outside even tho we have never stayed in the hotel

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.

Amy Green

in the last week


Fantastic would recommend to anyone looking for a day out (if you're feeling flush...). Overall, a very beautiful place with spectacular grounds and facilities, a luxurious day out. The grounds are a real masterpiece, perfectly maintained and stunningly landscaped. There is a real feeling of luxury throughout, and the gardening staff and groundskeepers are very kind and knowledgable, happy to talk to you about what they're working on. We ate in the hotel, which was immaculate. Food, drinks and service were all impeccable and the food was just delicious! Unfortunately, I do think the membership and entry fee is a little bit expensive, especially due to the expense of being at the venue with a lot of other places to spend money on every turn. There are countless places to buy coffee etc, and it can feel a bit overwhelming the attention to spending, it's almost like the gardens are a bonus around the attraction of different coffee shops, bars and cafes. Although there are plenty of seats around the grounds to sit and relax, again it seems like a bit of a scheme to get you to purchase more coffee or drinks to sit with. I just think with such a high entry cost there would be less pressure on spending and more space to be left in peace to enjoy. Definitely not a budget-friendly day out, but very lovely all the same!

Elisa Grande

in the last week


The Newt is a great place for everyone, amazing surroundings, outstanding produce and service, friendly staff. Things that could be improved, day rate for people that come from far and don't want to pay a membership. More care for the locals. Event for the under privileged family and not aimed just at the rich crowd that can splash the cash.

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

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