The Newt, Bruton, Somerset
If you’re a regular reader of Nicky’s blog, you’ll know that she loves to discover beautiful out of town sculpture parks, galleries, gardens and museums. You may also remember Nicky recently visiting Babylonstoren in South Africa. The much lauded Cape Dutch farmhouse turned boutique hotel is owned by businessman and hotelier Koos Bekker. Babylonstoren became a cult location, with beautiful gardens to explore, a restaurant and swoon worthy hotel bedrooms and suites.
News broke last year that Bekker had purchased Hadspen House, a large country estate between Bruton and Castle Cary in Somerset. The press picked up on this very quickly, so close to Bruton, of course Hauser & Wirth has been trawling in visitors to the area for the last few years already. Babbington House is just 30 minutes away, this quiet little enclave of Somerset has had its fair rush of stylish destinations recently.
Planning applications submitted to Somerset South District Council shared that some exciting developments were being approved, detailing a number of potential buildings, including a ‘pool barn’, a spa, a restaurant, a garden café and guest rooms in the Grade II-listed main house. Could it be, a Somerset based Babylonstoren?! Well, the time has come, earlier this month the gardens officially opened, and come July, the reservations line for the hotel will open also. So it’s time to discover The Newt…
‘The Newt in Somerset is a country estate with extensive woods and gardens. The core is Georgian, with limestone buildings the colour of burnt orange, the seat of the Hobhouse family for more than two centuries.’
We are yet to visit but the first press images are just being released, which is making it all the more exciting for us to get down there and visit.
Most of the buildings on the estate are new builds but with careful landscaping each space seems comfortable in its surroundings. Below, the Threshing Barn with its kinetic sculptures hanging above.
The Garden Cafe
You arrive into the Emily Estate at The Newt via this modern Gatehouse
Details of the Greenhouse, spring tulips and apples headed to the Cyder Press
The Walled Gardens
… a detail of this beautiful pebble walkway. There seems to be so much to discover this coming Spring and Summer!
The Newt is open daily 10am – 6pm
The Newt in Somerset, Bruton, Somerset BA7 7NG
Nicky’s World May 2019