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The Gardens at Stourhead, a National Trust Property

A Garden Gate at Stourhead

A Garden Gate at Stourhead

One of the many lovely things about the Gardens at Stourhead is the Estate Walk and many other seasonal walks on the grounds. Many of the paths lead around the big lake that is framed by the hilly terrain. When we did the tour of the manor house a gentle, but steady rain was coming down, but after the manor tour was over and we headed out to the garden paths it was pouring! That did not deter a group of scheduled ramblers, who departed from their buses and vans prepared for the weather, in walking boots and rain gear, and carrying one or two walking sticks. I was not as prepared and had been up all night on an overseas flight so we took as many pictures as we could before getting drenched and then headed out to our next National Trust destination that morning, hoping the weather would turn for the best. Here is a LIST of some of the upcoming walking events and future highlights at Stourhead.

First let’s take a look at the entry into Stourhead. It sets the mood, your home is your castle! And Stourhead has the gates and crenelations to prove it! Loved that clock too!

Entry into Stourhead, a National Trust Propert

Entry into Stourhead, a National Trust Property

Entry into Stourhead, a National Trust Property with Lots of Ivy!

Entry into Stourhead, a National Trust Property with Lots of Ivy!

Gated Walls and Meadows at Stourhead

Gated Walls and Meadows at Stourhead

Now let’s look at those gardens!

Another Gate to the Gardens at Stourhead

Another Gate to the Gardens at Stourhead!

Notice the meadow look? We’ve noticed a lot of the National Trust gardens and others are turning part of their land back to meadows, with natural flowers and habitats for birds aplenty!

The Front Meadow at Stourhea

The Front Meadow at Stourhead

The Gardens at Stourhead

The Formal Gardens at Stourhead, Framed by the Woodlands

The Gardens at Stourhead

The Formal Gardens at Stourhead

The Gardens at Stourhead

The Formal Gardens at Stourhead

The Gardens at Stourhead

The Gardens at Stourhead, Inside the Walls

The Gardens at Siourhead, Inside the Walls

The Gardens at Stourhead, Inside the Walls

The Gardens at Stourhead, Inside the Walls

The Gardens at Stourhead, Inside the Walls, all Neat and Tidy and Wet!

The Flowers of Stourhead

The Flowers of Stourhead

The Flowers of Stourhead

The Flowers of Stourhead

The Flowers of Stourhead

The Flowers of Stourhead

The Flowers of Stourhead

The Flowers of Stourhead

The Flowers of Stourhead

The Flowers of Stourhead

The Flowers of Stourhead

The Flowers of Stourhead

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Which Way to Go? Choices, Choices!

Which Way to Go? Choices, Choices!

Well I hope you enjoyed a very abbreviated and wet tour through the gardens!  Were you carrying an umbrella? We would definitely place Stourhead on our Return Garden List!

Off to another National Trust Property, see you there!

 

7 Responses to “The Gardens at Stourhead, a National Trust Property”

  1. BeckyB

    We rarely walk around this part of the gardens so lovely to walk in your footsteps even if it was a trifle damp!

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  2. CadyLuck Leedy

    Sherry, I thought I was in Devon at the time, but actually I was in Wiltshire, UK. All the National Trust Properties seem to be in the middle of nowhere! I have to plot them out before I leave home, down to the smallest road available on the map and then follow the signs as I get closer to the property. Finding them is the first challenge! The Properties are listed in a National Trust book that I get every year because I am a Royal Oak donor.

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  3. Doug Warren

    I liked the entry gate with all the ivy, and crenelation was a new word for me. Lovely gardens, meadows, and flowers, even in the rain, captured nicely with the rain drops on the purple petals.

    Reply

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