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“Great house with an interesting history”

Stourhead House and Garden
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Warminster
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Stourhead includes a Palladian house and world-famous landscape garden. The garden is perhaps the most beautiful and magical of all the great landscape gardens, Stourhead is an 18th-century view of an Arcadian paradise. On a plateau of high ground Stourhead house was built and became home to generations of the Hoare family.
Reviewed October 13, 2012

Stourhead is a National Trust property which was the home of the Hoare banking family.

At the entrance to the site there is a gift shop and café as well as sanitary facilities.

I think the National Trust have done a good job of looking after the house – of particular note they spend a lot of time conserving books in the library. The guides are very informative and mostly quite engaging.

On entry you will be asked to check rucksacks etc. to avoid the risk of damaging things as you move around. You may take pictures within the house without flash.

The whole house is worth seeing but of particular note are the entrance hall for its ambience and pictures; the library for its décor and illuminated picture; the Pope’s cabinet and the picture room for pictures on a grand scale.

We visited on a rainy day so only got to see the house. I understand the gardens are well worth seeing too.

Thank NickALondon
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Liked: very friendly and knowledgeable staff (mostly National Trust volunteers); lots of see - beautiful grounds and house (where you can touch things!)
Didn't like: the rain - the grounds are spectacular and we would have liked spending more time walking around!

Thank BBCooper
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Stourhead House and Gardens, National Trust - beautiful lake and grounds with lots to see. Great pub and courtyard on site and beautiful grottos etc. Nice House and walled garden.

Thank davidb5555
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

As a National Trust member I can visit this place (which is quite local) as much as I like for free.
As a photographer, this allows me to see the changing seasons there and to capture the differing light and colours.
It is always a lovely place to be and a walk around the gardens always relaxing and interesting.
Though nothing is too much uphill, people with less than normal mobility should be careful as a walk around the lake is a long one.
The house, which we do not always visit, is also interesting and the NT have spent alot of money recently with renovations and upgrades.
The Spread Eagle pub does some nice beers and great food too and there is a restaurant/shop at the entrance, next to the car park.
A real gem in the countryside!

Thank Colin H
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

I have visited Stourhead both in the summer and winter, and enjoyed it tremendously both times - it was like a different place in the summer from my first frosty visit, but just a beautiful. The grounds are big enough to keep you occupied for hours, it is a magical place to lose yourself for half a day.

I took my sketch pad and pencil - there are various locations you can sit and watch nature do her thing. If you are a keen photographer, take your camera and don't let the battery run out like I did! (Although you can always make another trip to recapture the beauty!)...

Thank Jay S
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