The first mention of Edgcott we can find is in 1791 when 2 cottage stood on the site West and Middle Edgcott.
Edgcott House as it is today was built by Moreland Gregg in 1902 or 3 when the house’s grounds included the surrounding farmland and the substantial stables and mill on the other side of the lane.
Set well back from and high above Edgcott Road, the house faces south nestling into the sloping grounds and mature woodland. We purchased Edgcott House and Cascade Cottage in January 2009. One hundred years after this photo was taken. The house had been empty for over a year and was deteriorating badly. After a year of renovations, Edgcott House reached the condition you see it in today.
During the renovations, we replaced the original 4 inch cast iron heating pipes that were probably installed by Major Greig in the early 1900s and weighed 1000kg. We have renovated and restored the original 1902 casement windows in the Longroom. These casement were made by Burt & Potts of Westminster London. Similar windows can be seen in Dunster Castle. The hand-painted trompe l’oeil you can see in the Long Room is known to have been painted by George Oakes, it was painted in the 50’s.
It is our ongoing project to try and bring the gardens back to some of their former glory. The grounds of Edgcott House cover about 6 acres. They include three fields, an ancient orchard, the remains of a lake which is now badly silted up and the formal gardens. The gardens around the house were once formally styled, probably during the Edwardian era, and then changed in the 50’s. The mature and beautiful garden has been neglected for many years. On initial explorations we have discovered tiered gardens, brick steps and brick edged paths winding their way up the hill behind the house. We have uncovered rose bushes, rhododendron and other gems including a handsome Handkerchief or Dove Tree, which after some care and attention, are finally coming back into their own after being hidden by brambles for years.
The gardens are planted with many mature species of trees and bushes and we have started to put our own mark on the planting in the garden. Much of the planting in the garden now is focused on cutting flower so our garden can provide all the cut flowers we need for the house. We do hope you enjoy your stay at Edgcott House and relish the beauty and history of the house and gardens and the countryside it is set in.
Why not enjoy Edgcott House as an exclusive venue for your special occasion? Whether it's a birthday getaway with friends or family, an anniversary or just an excuse to get together with friends, Edgcott House can accommodate up to 20 of your special guests within the main house and Cascade Cottage. You could enjoy anything from a drinks and canapé reception to a formal dinner in the Long Room or visit one of the fine local restaurants or pubs. Give us a call so we can discuss your plans and we can give you all the details.