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The Newt In Somerset

The Newt In Somerset

Gardens now open to the public

For many years, this historic country estate in Somerset has been under restoration. The first phase of The Newt in Somerset is now open, a visitor attraction incorporating its local heritage and curiously cultivated gardens.

The Newt in Somerset – formerly Hadspen House – is a working estate celebrating all things local, with a focus on sustainability. It is rooted in deep respect for the land and the creatures living on it.

From the butcher to the cellar master and the Mayor of the Woodland, the team are experts in their fields. Creative direction is provided by Karen Roos, a former magazine editor and owner of Babylonstoren in South Africa – renowned for its beautiful gardens.

Just as she was inspired by the beauty of the Franschhoek valley, Karen fell in love with Somerset: its meadows of field flowers in May, its apple orchards yielding cyder, its patchy black and white cows for making genuine farm cheddar … here lies the heart of England.

Gardens and Woodland

Gardens take centre stage at The Newt in Somerset. At their core nestles a walled Parabola with a large collection of trained apple trees, arranged in a maze.

Visitors are led on a journey through various phases in the history of gardening – from a Victorian fragrance garden and greenhouse, to a true cottage garden, to modern water gardens and colour rooms.

The past is brought to life or reimagined, offset with contemporary design. Director of Horticulture is Iain Davies, joining from The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Various productive kitchen gardens feed the Estate. The results can be tasted in a Garden Café with its garden-to-table fare. Also at the Cyder Press Bar. Ben Bulger oversees the food and beverage offering, joining from River Cottage.

Cyder Press and Cellar

Apples are to Somerset what oranges are to Seville, and The Newt in Somerset celebrates the rich diversity of this local fruit. The Estate is home to acres of apple orchards and a modern cellar producing quality cyders, made with 100% apple juice. Visitors can learn about the cyder-making process, from growing and pruning trees to harvesting, pressing, fermenting and bottling; and then tasting at the Cyder Press Bar.

Farm Shop and House & Garden Shop

Showcasing the best of local ingredients, the Farm Shop offers fresh breads from an on-site bakery; Somerset and West Country cheeses, and slow-reared meats. Also seasonal fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers grown on the Estate. The House & Garden Shop showcases the skill of artisans across Somerset and the South West, from basket weaving to beeswax candles and illustrated prints.

Hotel and Spa (opening later)

The Newt in Somerset hotel will open its doors to guests on 29 August 2019. The hotel is centred on the Grade II*-listed Hadspen House – built around 1690 using local Hadspen limestone, and remodelled during the Georgian period. Booking will open 1 July 2019.

The Newt in Somerset, Bruton, Somerset, BA7 7NG
Website: www.thenewtinsomerset.com

It’s war with Batcombe!

It’s war with Batcombe!

Secure your doors and windows! The Batcombites are planning to raid Bruton again – as they did on 24 February 1641! The English Civil War Society will re-enact this event as part of the Bruton 400 celebrations. A ‘Living History’ village will be in the field next to Lusty Bridge and Budgens at the West… Continue Reading

Cary museum seeks help

Castle Cary Museum is looking for a competent person to look after its Archive. This needs to be someone with relevant qualifications and experience. There are no fixed hours and the work would be done on a voluntary basis. We would hope for participation in the Museum’s management committee which meets approximately once a month.… Continue Reading

Truffles restaurant re-opens

Truffles restaurant re-opens

Long standing Bruton restaurant Truffles Brasserie will be reopening from 1st March 2019. Catering and day to day management for the restaurant will be in the experienced hands of Annie Austin of The Table. This is Annie’s website: http://www.tablecatering.co.uk/ For more information, call or e-mail on 01749 812180 or trufflesbruton@gmail.com Continue Reading

The Dove hits its century

Bruton’s award-winning parish magazine The Dove publishes its 100th issue this month, and has celebrated with a colour section and a special cover treatment. The magazine, which covers Bruton and the wider benefice, is edited by Elizabeth Balfour and run by a team of volunteers. Pick up a copy of the special edition before they… Continue Reading

Bricolage in Bruton

Bricolage in Bruton

The current exhibition at Bruton’s Museum is a collection of contemporary bricolage and drawings by artist Alexandra Drysdale. What’s bricolage, you ask? It’s the creation or construction from a diverse range of available things, the process of improvisation in a human endeavour. The objects on display combine original and traditional techniques of art and craft,… Continue Reading

Celtic folk in Cary

Roving Crows will be playing at Caryford Hall, Maggs Lane, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ on Saturday 08 December.  They are a Celtic folk fusion band – innovative, funky and energetic.  Doors open 18.45.  Performance starts 19.30.  Advance tickets £12.00 from Bailey Hill bookshop, Castle Cary or www.wegottickets.com/event/436734 £15 on the door. Plenty of free off road parking and cash… Continue Reading

So here it is: Bruton Christmas Evening

So here it is: Bruton Christmas Evening

On the twelfth of December Bruton will light up for the Bruton Christmas Evening. Join us from 6pm to witness the lantern procession as local children guide Father Christmas to his grotto. Come into the grotto at the old Post Office (40 High Street) for your child to see Santa and receive a special gift.… Continue Reading

Rail disruption over Christmas and New Year

Rail disruption over Christmas and New Year

Westbury station will be closed over Christmas and New Year, meaning that most northbound trains from Bruton will not go beyond Frome. This will disrupt travellers to and from Bath, Bristol, Salisbury, Southampton and London Waterloo. A bus service will run from Frome. From the GWR website: Westbury Station will be closed from Sunday 23… Continue Reading

Consultation on proposed housing development

Consultation on proposed housing development

The team behind a proposed new housing development off the Brewham Road near Darkey Lane are holding a drop-in session so locals can find out more about their plans. The developers are Acorn, the company behind the project currently being built on the Frome Road, but this development will be very different in character and affordability.… Continue Reading

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