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A visit to Stourhead Estate, 26 Dec 2019


By siris


Stourhead, one of the best examples of the English landscape style Gardens.

The Palladian mansion

Noted for its vistas and views looking towards focal points (rather larger and more impressive than those usually found in most gardens). The lake looking….

……towards the Pantheon

Some Hellebores lining the paths

Typical British winter weather, wet and miserable
Mind you don’t slip entering the grotto

River God in the grotto

Wet enough outside for ducks!

Nearly at the Pantheon, where we can shelter from the drizzle, except it’s closed Boxing Day.

Just have to shelter against this wall

The Gothic Cottage

A touch of brightness as we leave

Not blossom, but fairy lights.

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Thank you for taking all these! Lots of luxury - I wonder who used to live/lives in that cottage? Some lovely pics - I like the "willow pattern" bridge and the little robin especially. The hellebores are so neat - not a sign of strong winds and wet to batter them! Mine are looking a bit sad...

17 Jan, 2020


Well done for sticking it out. It looks truly grey, damp and miserable! This is one of Monty Don’s favourite places I believe. I’m afraid it doesn’t capture my imagination at all.

17 Jan, 2020


Shame about the weather Siris, wonderful vistas, and on a good day, a stunning place to visit.....

17 Jan, 2020


What a beautiful place. I’m surprised they don’t have a Stumpery, these places are pretty amazing aren’t they.

17 Jan, 2020


Thanks for looking at my pictures.
KAREN Amazing trees, but I couldn't relate to this enormous estate either. I liked the ferns best growing amongst the rocks on the grotto.
DAWN I expect there is a stumpery somewhere, lots of the paths were inaccessible.
STERA the Hellebores were sheltered by bushes and trees. Think i read, the Cottage was just built as a feature, no one ever lived there.

18 Jan, 2020


Thanks for sharing Karen, It's been a few years since I went, the Stonehenge traffic is just too much to make it worthwhile now, plus I'm no longer as steady on my pins and there is no way of avoiding the Grotto steps

Like some here I found I could not relate really, OK for my photography side of gardening but that's about it for me

18 Jan, 2020


Its a few years since I was last there. I love the place, so different to my very little patch. But I think that's why I like it, so much space.

18 Jan, 2020


Not the idea day or time of year for photography, Granda. I think in Autumn the colour of the trees would be spectacular, but won't go again.

18 Jan, 2020


It looks a whole lot different in spring there are large areas of naturalized bulbs and of course many acers, magnolias camellias and of course Rhododendrons, the lake will be alive with not only birds but shoals of Rudd.

18 Jan, 2020


Isn't it ironic that some people have nowhere to live and others have a house just for looking at... Makes you wonder if there's anything in karma.

18 Jan, 2020


Less is more! It's just as well I was unable to get any ideas for my garden, just too vaste. I've plagiarized so many ideas from small private gardens and also GOU members, its packed.

19 Jan, 2020


I like the views and space lovely photos especially capturing the Robin.

23 Jan, 2020

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