Lost to uttermost decay and dereliction during this century, this vision is now being recovered at an astonishing rate through the single-minded determination of one man. Since Philip White launched his restoration project in 1995, the jungle has receded, pools and cascades have re-emerged, and the main architectural accents have been restored, rebuilt or, Mountain home designs in some cases, recreated; this spring, for instance, sees the unveiling of a replacement for the vanished Gothic alcove. Once again at Hestercombe we can savour that peculiarly Georgian art of making pictures in the landscape, of which Bampfylde was a quiet master WHERE AND WHEN Hestercombe is 4 miles north of Taunton, signposted from most approach roads into the town; it is open every day, 10am-6pm (last admission, 5pm). For further details, call 01823-413923.
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ABOVE, FROM TOP The recreated ‘Witch House'; Mountain home designs the temple arbour; and the formality of the Lutyens-Jekyli garden. RIGHT The view up the valiey from the restored lower pool.