Stourhead is a National Trust property that includes a Palladian mansion, village and great landscape gardens.
A miniature replica of the house featured as Lady Penelope’s residence in the Thunderbirds televison series.
The famous gardens were designed by Henry Hoare II and laid out between 1741 and 1780 around a large lake.
Research has revealed that the lake was not part of the original design. A team of labourers initially created elaborate gardens between 1744 and 1749, including a Chinese bridge.
Following the death of Sir Henry Hoare’s son, years of hard work were destroyed by flooding the area and turning it into a lake.
The house and its rooms open for Christmas too, decorated for the festive season in addition to the regular works of art.
Inspired by Utopian-style paintings of Italian landscapes, the garden includes a number of temples inspired by the Grand Tour of Europe – such as the temple of Flora.
Stourhead is home to a large collection of trees and shrubs from around the world. It is a proud part of our British heritage and well worth a visit.
It is particularly recommended for walks in spring, when many of the trees and shrubs are in full bloom, and in the autumn, when a rich variety of autumn colours is on display.
A leisurely walk around the lake takes about an hour. The Spread Eagle pub on the estate serves food and refreshments. Nearby King Alfred’s Tower is also worth a visit.
A gallery in the former stables has regularly changing exhibitions of work by local artists. The National Trust runs a sizeable shop that sells books, gardening tools and other quality gift items.
Distance from Nunney
8.9 miles (14.3 km)
17 minutes by car
Stourhead opening times
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