Stourhead Mansion and gardens
Stourhead Mansion and Gardens is a beautiful estate, located at the source of the River Stour near Mere, just an 18-minute drive from us.
Designed by the Scottish architect Colen Campbell, Stourhead house was one of the first country villas to be built in the Palladian style. It was finished in 1725, after taking four years to build.
Originally intended to be the main country home for Henry Hoare I ‘the Good’, who passed away in 1725, Stourhead went on to become home to generations of the Hoare family, before being given to the National Trust in 1946.
The world-famous garden at Stourhead is perhaps the most beautiful and magical of all the great landscape gardens, and is well worth a visit. It was designed by Henry Hoare II as a series of carefully constructed views, like scenes from a landscape painting. The centre piece is the lake, which Henry ambitiously created by building a dam across the river.
Visitors can also explore the surrounding countryside on one of several marked walks. Make a beeline for Whitesheet Hill, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, which offers some fantastic views, and is home to diverse wildlife, including orchids and butterflies.