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Stourhead House and Garden
Ranked #1 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 15 July 2014 via mobile

We couldn't walk around the lake as scaffolding up and the lake was low and slimey. We love the place and visit regularly but were very disappointed yesterday.

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Reviewed 14 July 2014

I have wanted to visit the house and grounds for many years and finally got the opportunity. Sadly the lake had been drained due to a leak and one of the monuments was covered in scaffolding.
There were signs apologising for the delay and in the repair to the lake and the scaffolding, but it was still disappointing.
I am not personally interested in the house, but did give it a quick visit, but other than painting there is not much else to look at (not really my bag).
Although there was little water in the lake the walk around it was lovely, with many different species of plants to look at.
I was informed that the head gardener does write an update on their website advising details of the scaffolding and the lake, so my advise is to check beforehand.
Overall it is still a lovely place to visit and very peaceful.

Thank planetpeck
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

The lake was smaller than all the photos make it look! The lake circumference was only about a mile, and the path is quite a way from the water's edge for much of it. I found the map supplied didn't match up to the reality, and it could have done with signposts in a couple of places - particularly to let elderly people know that the path from the grotto involved steep and rough steps.

There is quite a steep path from reception down to the lake and back, although there is a shuttle bus if you need it.

We had lunch at the Spread Eagle Inn near the lake before tackling the hill back up - average menu and prices there, but it was good to see gluten-free options clearly marked.

After lunch, I visited the house, which had some beautiful furniture and paintings - well worth a visit in its own right.

Thank Wendy E
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Nothing to dislike here! A wonderful walk through the woods and by the lake is a joy at any time of year. It is selfish to complain about others enjoying the place too but it can lead to problems getting sat down for a coffee or to eat, so maybe visit at less busy times or out of season. One of our national treasures!

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Reviewed 11 July 2014

In Autumn last year my husband and I went with our, son daughter in law, and two grandchildren aged 9 and 12, to visit Stour Head Gardens, what a wonderful afternoon we spent. The colours of nature were a sight on their own, with out the wonderful hidden gems like the small temple with it's deceiving ceiling and wonderful twisty turning walks around the lake. As members of the National Trust it was well worth us visiting and hope to return to wander through the house to feel more of the history. Thank you National Trust

Thank Sue S
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