Otterhead Estate and Lakes

The Way to the Lakes: the main drive to the lost Otterhead House November 2011

The nature reserve is situated in the valley of the River Otter and is the heart of the Victorian Otterhead Estate with the site of Otterhead House (demolished in 1952) and its landscaped grounds, untended since the late 1930's. The river was impounded to form a chain of at least seven lakes, the Otterhead Lakes, of which two survive. The Estate Trust is tasked with managing the nature reserve and conserving and part restoring the designed landscape, including walled gardens, terraced walks, water features and ornamental plants.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site

Opening hours

Always open

Admission charges

No admission or parking charges.

It is important to note that as there are no postal facilities at the reserve, enquiries should be made by email or telephone.

Getting there

By road: From Taunton follow the B3170 south through Corfe, take the first right after an advisory 40mph speed limit. If the Devon county boundary sign is reached, you will have missed the turning. Drive along the lane bearing right at a triangular junction; the Otterhead Lakes car park is on the left just before a bend to the right.
From A303T take B3170 towards Taunton, after the Somerset county boundary sign is reached,continue through two crossroads and take the first left signed for Otterford Church and continue as above. If the 40mph advisory speed limit is reached you will have missed the turninng.

Additional info

The drives and paths can be steep, muddy in places and uneven.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Otterhead Estate: Access to the Lost Gardens of Otterhead House including the Walled Gardens

  • 12 September 2015

Guided walk starting at 10.00 and repeated at 15.00 to access parts of the derelict walled gardens, one acre in extent, for which restoration funding is being sought. The walled gardens are usually closed to visitors and not having been cultivated since the 1960's are largely overgrown, however heritage features will be visible. On leaving the walled gardens the walk will include parts of the other lost gardens of Otterhead House (demolished in 1951-1952).

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/otterhead-estate

Getting there

By road: From Taunton follow the B3170 south through Corfe, take the first right after an advisory 40mph speed limit. If the Devon county boundary sign is reached, you will have missed the turning. Drive along the lane bearing right at a triangular junction; the Otterhead Lakes car park is on the left just before a bend to the right.
From A303T take B3170 towards Taunton, after the Somerset county boundary sign is reached,continue through two crossroads and take the first left signed for Otterford Church and continue as above. If the 40mph advisory speed limit is reached you will have missed the turninng.

Otterhead Estate and Lakes
Anders Lane
Otterford
Taunton
Somerset
TA3 7EE
England

Website

www.e-voice.org.uk/otterheadestate

E-mail

otterheadestate@aol.com

Telephone

01404 47347

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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