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Whether visiting The Newt in Somerset for lunch, a garden tour, or to learn about our cyder making, guests pay an entrance fee of £15 per adult or £7 per child aged 5–15, with under 5s entering free of charge. This gives unlimited access to the gardens, woodland walks, Cyder Bar & Press, shops, Garden Café and more. For our first year (2019), the entrance fee may be converted into a season ticket, allowing free repeat entry.
Table service is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
All gardens areas are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, though via indirect routes – often up thick lawns, steep gradients, uneven ground and gravelled pathways. Pushchairs may be stored at the Threshing Barn, and for longer distances transport is available for those requiring assistance.
With the original Georgian house built by 1689 and remodelled during the Georgian period, there has a been a garden at Hadspen House since 1695. The property changed ownership three or four times, but the longest was by the Hobhouse family, after which it was purchased by the current owners in 2013. The Newt in Somerset opened its gardens to the public on 11 May 2019.
Situated in a beautiful part of East Somerset, the estate includes a hotel and spa situated in Hadspen House and its outbuildings, Stable Yard. Open gardens stock the Farm Shop with fresh produce; the Deer Park supplies sumptuous venison; ample grazing for water buffalo ensures a healthy supply of mozzarella from the cheese room, and acres of apple orchards allow for the Cyder Press to be in operation from March to September.
Our estate is home to many of our small amphibian friends; they are a protected species, and we take great care to look after them. Newts are semiaquatic, spending part of the year on land. They also possess the incredible ability to regenerate, retaining their functional and structural properties. And so this resident was a perfect fit – to represent an estate that continually regenerates and sustains itself and has expanses of open water.
Newts enjoy the safety of lily ponds; so as well as a newt, our logo features a lily pad for protection and a lily flower bud for growth. The three symbols create a harmonious balance, just as we are in harmony with our environment.
All our restaurants enjoy the benefit of low food miles, with much of the menu picked from the gardens they overlook. Should you spot a blackberry in the woods or a vine-ripened tomato in the Greenhouse, feel free to have a taste. Hotel guests enjoy a private Kitchen Garden to meander among strawberries and help themselves to leaves, peas and beans.
We have all you need to create the perfect hamper, or you can enjoy the relaxed service offered at several dining options. We encourage guests to taste the fruits of the garden and so do not allow personal picnics on the farm.
Regrettably we cannot allow dogs (except guide dogs) as we keep various types of deer and fowl in open areas.