Described as “a living work of art” when it first opened in the 1740s, Stourhead is a Palladian mansion at the heart of a landscape garden. The lake at the centre of the gardens reflects the classical temples and exotic trees that surround it, and this is one of those attractions that look gorgeous no matter what time of the year you visit.
Take a grand tour of Stourhead House and admire the Regency library, beautiful paintings and Chippendale furniture that tell of an elegant past and times gone by. Stourhead has bags of character and a history that makes it unique, so discover both during a holiday in Dorset with a visit. There’s as much to do outside as there is inside the house, and the 1,072 hectare estate makes the perfect playground for a family day out.
Bring all your favourite treats in a picnic and experience the lawns in the genteel way the Hoare family would have enjoyed them, and then enjoy the great outdoors as you take in the views and gardens. The landscape garden was the idea of Henry Hoare II “The Magnificent” (they don’t make names like that anymore do they?) and they remain one of Dorset’s best-loved attractions.