More Than a Day
Just like nature, our garden changes throughout the seasons. Membership is your ticket to enjoy everything we offer, from estate-led menus to workshops and seasonal events; Garden Day in spring, Garden Lates in summer, Harvest and Apple Day come autumn, and enchanted trails in winter.
The gardens at The Newt have been shaped over the last 200 years by successive enthusiasts, including Margaret Hobhouse who elevated them to a Victorian ideal, introducing colour, a greenhouse and many trees of beech, oak, pine, walnut and cedar. Renowned garden designer Penelope Hobhouse gave Margaret’s vision a new lease of life in the 1970s, followed by Nori and Sandra Pope, whose experiments with colour delighted and inspired thousands of visitors in the mid-1980s. The latest incarnation has been created by Italo-French architect Patrice Taravella, who believes a garden should be both beautiful and useful. Mixing ornamental and productive elements, the gardens are a feast for the eyes and stomach. At their core sits the Parabola, a walled garden concealing an apple tree maze; at their edges, diverse woodland providing a sheltered habitat for native wildlife.
Explore the Gardens
Influenced by thousands of years of horticultural history, take a stroll through acres of formal gardens and perhaps learn something along the way. We share the land with a host of wildlife; you may spot native deer promenading in the woods or Great Crested newts bathing in the ponds.
Discover something new during your visit. Let us transport you back to Roman Britannia; see what we unearthed and walk in the footsteps of our Roman ancestors in the the reimagined Villa Ventorum. Steel yourself for an aerial walk through elegant boughs of noble ash, then get hands on with soil, scents, botany and design at The Story of Gardening. Visit the world’s most famous gardens in virtual reality pods, admiring the abundant fruit trees of Babylonstoren or gazing into the lily ponds at Monet’s Giverny. Peek into the fascinating life of bees and their hives at the Beezantium. No visit is complete without perusing Somerset specialities and estate breads, meats, cheeses, preserves and cyders in our Farm Shop, or finding the perfect gift in the House & Garden Shop.
Eat the Garden
Our garden eatery serves fresh, seasonal fare, led by what is growing in our gardens – from crisp green leaves to freshly picked berries. The Garden Café offers a perfect vantage point over the kitchen gardens and orchards below, from which a vegetable-led menu is sourced - serving breakfast and an all day menu, including cream teas, seven days a week.
Entry is via the Gatehouse and all diners must have a valid Membership or a Member's Guest Day Pass for the day of reservation. Advance booking is recommended.
Great Garden Escape
Don't miss the train... Run away this summer and experience all things Somerset. From May 2022 we will be embarking on a First Class adventure, whisking you from London Paddington to the heart of the West Country. Explore picturesque gardens and ancient woodland, discover the art of cyder making and enjoy the finest fare plucked from the soil beneath your feet. Finally relax back into your seat and savour the perfect afternoon tea, as the miles fly by and we return you to the city.
Discover a feast for all the senses, from garden eateries to daily tours and seasonal workshops, all inspired by the land beneath our feet and the history and tradition of Somerset.