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.
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