Staying at the Newt hotel (more pics on my previous post) allows you access to this wonderful garden out-of-hours, however if you can’t stay, it’s worth a visit in its own right.
I’m not a keen gardener but here there is something for everyone; a cider press, shop, bakery, butcher and cafe are all on site. It’s basically the beating heart of The Newt Hotel.
The garden is dedicated to the humble apple (this is Somerset after all).
Here you can have cider tastings and a tour of the press. It’s certainly a novelty and as with everything at The Newt, the architecture is beautiful and considered.
The garden itself is already coming into its own despite only opening this Summer:
I particularly loved the beautiful grasses, greenhouse, cottage garden and striking glass-fronted cafe.
The scale of the garden and the work that has gone into it, is incredible.
The elements of fun and playfulness (which I won’t reveal here) are so surprising and will delight anyone aged 0 to 100.
They also have a teaching space/kitchen and an area where they grow their own mushrooms. Next time I’ll definitely pick up some local produce from the butcher:
It’s so uplifting and inspiring to go somewhere that celebrates produce that is both local and seasonal in such beautiful surroundings.
I will definitely be returning.
(For entry fees, opening times etc. click here.)