Stourhead

Posted on: December 4th, 2011 by Rob

Lying in secluded privacy in its own valley, Stourhead is one of the finest landscape gardens in the world. Designed by Henry Hoare II, the garden was laid out between 1741 and 1780. Lakeside paths lead past classical temples and follies, set against a backdrop of beautiful and exotic trees, revealing many vistas that have captured the imagination of visitors for more than two centuries.

The cool and shady lakeside grotto is inhabited by a nymph and a river god. Visitors are dazzled by daffodils and magnolias in spring and a stunning display of rhododendrons in early summer. Blazing autumn colour is provided by an extensive tree collection, which includes maples, tulip trees and redwood.

Sitting majestically above the garden, and surrounded by delightful lawns and parkland, is Stourhead House. Built in the 1720s, the mansion was home to the Hoare family, owners of Britain’s only independent bank surviving to the present.


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