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Great Garden Escape

18th August 2021


It is not often that despite all the press coverage, a place still manages to exceed expectations, but The Newt’s Great Garden Escape was everything and more than it promised to be.

The Newt’s latest offering, entitled enticingly , “The Great Garden Escape” is a day away from London and a chance to experience their garden in all it’s many forms,  their cuisine and their cyder!!

At a time when we have all learnt to appreciate the power of nature, and to witness the subtle changes of the seasons this ‘arcadian’ escape could not be better timed.

First class rail travel was enhanced by freshly baked delights on both journeys: breakfast washed down with freshly squeezed clementine juice and afternoon tea accompanied by an award-winning wine from their South African wine estate Babylonstoren.

Walks through woods opened out on to a parabola planted with over 70 different varieties of apples, a Victorian fragrance garden, a cottage garden inspired by Gertrude Jekyll, a modern water cascade and even a water spouting toad to keep all ages amused. And all set within the boundaries of the beautiful Somerset landscape with views of The Glastonbury Tor in the background.

The  Newt’s latest addition to this idyl is The Beezantium , a place to marvel at hives explore the working life of the bee and to witness the extraordinary miracle of nature: the production of honey. It also happens to be the first bee house of its kind in the UK. Each of our tours was led by a Newt specialist whose passion and expertise shone through.

By the time we returned to the hustle and bustle of London life, we truly felt that we had “escaped’. The experience had been joyful, enlightening and faultless in every way. The attention to detail was superb and just in case we felt ever so slightly nostalgic, we were sent home with a packet of seeds  with which to plant our very own arcadia!


For more information about this and other private garden experiences, get in touch with our design team now.

Note : The Newt in Somerset is a working country estate near Bruton with a luxury hotel and spa, formal and productive gardens, ancient woodlands, apple orchards, cyder cellar, restaurants, farm shops and The Story of Gardening experiential centre. Set within Hadspen House – a Grade II*-listed Georgian manor house – and its Stable Yard, the hotel has 23 individually designed bedrooms. Guests are encouraged to embrace country living and explore the historic estate and surrounding area. The bucolic setting has inspired a garden-to-table menu in the restaurants, as well as botanical treatments in the world-class spa. Launched in Summer 2021, The Farmyard complements existing accommodation at The Newt in Somerset, offering 17 bedrooms and suites as part of a laid back, private experience, hidden away in a secluded corner of the estate. The ethos of The Newt in Somerset is to celebrate all things of our county, with a focus on the local and sustainable. Everything is rooted in a deep respect for the land and all creatures living on it.

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