In 2013 Koos Bekker and his wife Karen Roos bought the 18th century, Grade II listed, Hadspen House in Somerset. Originally intended to be a private residence, they quickly realised the potential of the estate, including its traditional orchards. They invested heavily in renovating the house and reinvigorating the gardens, a project that overcame the challenge of ensuring the safety of rare newts during the works, and led to the new name, "The Newt In Somerset".
Inspired by the fruit and the area's cider-making history, the estate recruited Paul Ross to make full-juice, slow-fermented, high-quality cyder. This exciting new cidery has rapidly gained reputation and critical acclaim for their creations, as well as picking up awards such as a prestigious Gold award at IWSC 2021 for The Winston. Not content with a selection of blends and classic single varietals, The Newt have also developed a Rose cyder made from Red Love apples, along with gins infused with apple juice straight from the press.