Magnificent Palladian Mansion
Deer Park and Garden
|One of the most beautiful houses in the
south west and one of the most outstanding examples of
Palladian architecture in the whole country.
Built of Bath stone in 1750 by Thomas Prowse of Axbridge, Hatch Court is now occupied by the fifth generation of the same family.
Set in the most beautiful Somerset countyside, the parkland surrounding the house and the view across the deer park to the glorious Somerset countryside beyond, are simply wonderful, very much as they must have appeared almost three centuries ago.
|The gardens at Hatch Court are a joy to
behold. Lovingly and painstakingly restored by the family
over the last ten years, they provide much pleasure
throughout the year and feature regularly both on
television and in the press.
The variety of plants, shrubs and trees, is truly impressive and of particular note are the specimen trees of the arboretum.
The spectacular walled vegetable garden has been fully restored and now, just as it did before falling victim to neglect, supplies the house with its very own, first class vegetables. Indeed, so highly regarded is the produce from this garden that The Castle Hotel in Taunton, one of England's finest hotels, is a major customer.
|It is easy to imagine oneself
transported 200 years back in time, especially as the
house has changed so little since it was built and much
of the furniture is 16th and 17th century of both English
and French origin.
The Hall with its magnificent, cantilevered, stone staircase and Ionic pillars is argubly the most splendid example of its kind.
The China Room, uniquely semi-circular and still in its original style, houses a wonderful display of porcelain and glass.
The house even has a small military museum, adjoining the China room, commemorating the life and work of the renowned Brigadier Hamilton Gault, great uncle of the present owner, MP for Taunton and founder of the Empire's last privately raised regiment, the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.
|Hatch Court is no longer open to the public due to a change of ownership.|