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Hestercombe Gardens

Hestercombe Gardens

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Hestercombe Gardens

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  • Grade I-listed historic country estate
  • On the edge of the picturesque Taunton
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Say "I do" in the stunning Orangery
  • Outdoor ceremonies in the Temple
  • Historic house and charming Bampfylde Hall
  • Waterfalls, woodland and formal gardens
  • Welcomes wedding parties of all sizes
  • Versatile, in-house catering team
  • Open Day on 3rd May, 11am to 3pm

An historic Grade I-listed estate, there are few locations across the South of England so rich in culture, heritage and beauty than Hestercombe. Licensed for civil wedding ceremonies, with a pet-friendly policy and full disabled access, the fifty acres of stunning gardens and enormous house can host your entire day, from an intimate ceremony to a sizeable reception and evening festivity.

Within easy reach of Taunton and the M5, Hestercombe features its own in-house catering team and designated wedding planner to make your day as stress-free as possible. Georgian, Victorian and modern elements integrated in the house and grounds, such a stylish wedding venue would be difficult to match elsewhere.


Elements of the estate date as far back as the 11th century, and Hestercombe has witnessed successive contributions all through the ages. Owners and architects range from Georgian resident John Bampfylde in the mid-1700s - responsible for altering the original Tudor house to its present frame - to Sir Edwin Lutyens who, together with Gertrude Jekyll, gave life to the immaculate garden designs you and your guests can still marvel at today.

The gardens themselves showcase a diverse, fascinating series of romanticised, historically restored buildings - for example, the Tuscan Doric-style Temple Arbour that overlooks the picturesque Pear Pond. As well as the individually striking Gothic Alcove, the overlooking Orangery building still serves today as an attractive, intimate location in which to host smaller wedding ceremonies.


With just one hire cost for Hestercombe, you can take your pick from the range of magical spaces for your special day. From intimate, outdoor ceremonies in the ornate garden Temple to the light-filled Orangery with garden views and the charming and spacious 17th-century Bampfylde Hall, you’ll discover the perfect places for your dream wedding.

The range of locations means that they can cater to weddings of all sizes. So, whether you’re planning an intimate celebration or inviting up to 250 of your favourite people to party with you, Hestercombe could be the perfect place to say "I do". You’ll also enjoy exclusive access to your chosen locations.

The Orangery

Throw open the doors onto the lawn for a sun-splashed summer ceremony, or light the fire and fill the Orangery with candles for twinkling winter vows.

Civil ceremony capacity - 112 guests

Bampfylde Hall

The perfect place to party, Bampfylde Hall oozes character and charm with its white stone walls, wooden ceiling and sparkling fairy light canopy. Dine on a decadent feast, expertly prepared by the dedicated catering team, then hit the dance floor!

Civil ceremony capacity - 150 guests
Wedding breakfast capacity - 112 guests
Evening reception capacity - 200 guests

Main Hall

Exchange vows at the top of the grand sweeping staircase or toast to your marriage with an elegant drinks reception in the Main Hall. This space also lends itself to your evening party after a wedding breakfast in Hestercombe House.

Civil ceremony capacity - 150 guests
Wedding breakfast capacity - 150 guests
Evening reception capacity - 250 guests

Portman Room

If you’re dreaming of a luxurious, country house ceremony in historical surroundings, then the Portman Room sets the perfect scene with its elegant Victorian fireplace.

Civil ceremony capacity - 96 guests
Wedding breakfast capacity - 48 guests
Evening reception capacity - 147 guests

Dining Room

Wood-panelled walls, an ornate fireplace and huge windows make the Dining Room classically elegant.


The fine team of specialist chefs at Hestercombe can create and serve a diverse range of mouthwatering cuisine for you and your guests. With wedding breakfasts or informal hog-roasts, evening buffets and traditional three-course dinners available, there is no substitute for the splendid catering experience available on site.

Whilst a selected menu is available to peruse and choose from, the catering staff are always open to personalised requests from the wedding party. Dedicated to fulfilling your individual idea of a dream wedding, the menu - just like the ceremony and reception options at Hestercombe - is every bit as versatile as they come.

Take a look at a sample menu.

Open Day

Sunday 3rd May, from 11am to 3pm

For an exclusive chance to see Hestercombe as it could be on your wedding day, the team host regular open days. At the next one, you'll have the chance to look round the venue, meet with their talented team and sample canapés, as well as browsing dresses, flowers and cakes provided by some of Hestercombe's most trusted suppliers. The event is free to attend.

If you would like to learn more, either visit the Hestercombe website or click the "Make An Enquiry" option listed above.

Hestercombe Gardens


  • Mr & Mrs Smith

    As soon as we visited Hestercombe Gardens on a chilly January day we knew that it was where we wanted to get married. After that, with Julie’s help – it was simple. On the day I didn’t have to worry about a thing (except my lippy staying in place). The teams worked in the background and how on earth they managed to work around us with no one noticing, I’ll never know. The day its self was faultless, the canapes and food were lovely and the atmosphere was relaxed. Whatever it is Hestercombe are doing, please, keep doing it!

  • Lauren and Kyle

    One year has passed since we became husband and wife at your beautiful venue. We wanted to take this opportunity to once again express our heartfelt thanks to you all for an incredible day – one we will never forget.

  • Mrs Keitch

    Thank you just isn’t enough to convey how very grateful we are to you and the Hestercombe team who all truly cared about making our day as perfect and special as it could be. All we would say is keep on doing exactly what you are doing!

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