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The Newt in Somerset

Magnificent estate with productive gardens, museum and parkland.

  • 4.7

  • from 735 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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The Newt in Somerset
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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 our Partner Gardens, seasonal workshops, events and regular updates from the estate

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Enjoy unlimited repeat entry to The Newt in Somerset for 12 months, as well as all the benefits above, 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) or within 6 miles of The Newt (BA7 7NG) as the crow flies - please check using

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Members of the RHS can visit the Newt free of charge on Tuesdays

Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 735 Google reviews

Amy Green

6 months ago


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!

Nathan Mayers

a month ago


I had an absolutely amazing stay here! The staff were friendly, the grounds were beautiful, there was much to explore and the spa facilities were excellent. I literally have no complaints. I 1000% recommend going here. I've uploaded a bunch of photos of the room, the food and around the hotel. I hope they help you with your decision, but honestly it's a great hotel, there's really not much to think about... Get Going!

Lauren Green

2 months ago


I really felt the need to leave this review as our experience was so wonderful. We started off in the botanical rooms with the set menu, the service and food was exceptional, I brought my 1 year old son and every single staff member spoke to him and made him and us feel so welcome. Staff were attentive at all times, if you needed to know where anything was they would personally take you to it rather than just giving directions which I thought was brilliant. The gardens and buildings were breathtaking, there was so much to do, see and explore, you could easily spend and entire day and still not see everything. 10/10 would recommend for a beautiful day out.

Tom Howden

in the last week


Very nice place to go for walk, food and/or drink. The Roman experience is great too (although note that the food there isn't available after 3:30pm!!), with an excellent informative and interesting museum, combined with a no-expense-spared recreation of a Roman villa. The grotto is intriguing too, and the farm shop has a great range of food - particularly cheeses, meats and breads, and obviously cider and wine 😋🍷

Mark Huntington

4 months ago


A much anticipated visit to the Newt was not a disappointment. Beautiful gardens both formal and informal with everything so beautifully presented that wherever you look there is a carefully curated view or a tiny but beautiful detail. The facilities are well kept and the staff were friendly and helpful (despite being on a blisteringly hot day). It is expensive and you could break the bank in the farm and gift shops but now armed with annual membership we can go again, and we can also visit other gardens such as Heligan and Eden Project for free.

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01963 577 777

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