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Garden visitors must have a valid Garden Membership prior to entry. This offers unlimited access to the gardens for 12 months, as well as seasonal workshops and events. 2021 PRICES - Garden Membership prices will increase to £30 per adult and £10 per child as of 1st January 2021. Under 5s remain free.
Head to the Visitor Information page on our website, where you will be directed to membership signup. We've partnered with the Candide gardening app for a membership that's fully interactive and paper-free.
You can book online or by emailing our helpful Reservations team - [email protected] Garden Membership is required to dine.
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 Somerset, the estate includes a hotel and spa situated in Hadspen House and its outbuildings, Stable Yard. Open gardens stock the Farm Shop and restaurants with fresh produce; the Deer Park supplies sumptuous venison; ample grazing ensures a healthy supply of meat for the Butchery, and acres of apple orchards keep the Cyder Press 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 encourage guests to taste the fruits of the garden and so do not allow personal picnics in the gardens; please enjoy the relaxed service offered at several dining options.
Regrettably we cannot allow dogs (except assistance dogs) as we keep various types of deer and fowl in open areas.