Stourhead

Last weekend my sister Chloe and her boyfriend Ben came to stay in Somerset. On Sunday afternoon we made the most of the autumn sunshine and went for a walk at Stourhead.

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The estate and formal gardens are truly beautiful and, although I’ve been there so many times now, it never tires and changes every time. Probably because I studied Ancient History at University, Stourhead is one of my favourite National Trust properties, with both its house and gardens infused with Classical influences and allusions.

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There are a number of temples dotted about the gardens, including a replica Pantheon filled with statues of deities. Meanwhile the central point the gardens, the man-made lake, was designed to evoke Aeneas’ journey into the underworld.

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I haven’t included any photos of the formal gardens as I think you should go and explore it for yourself and experience the full impact in person. A walk at Stourhead wouldn’t be complete without a pit-stop to the 18th century Spread Eagle Inn for a warming winter Pimm’s. Then home just in time for slow cooked pork from the Aga, the perfect Sunday!