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23 October 2017Visit to Stourhead House and Gardens
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Visit to Stourhead House and Gardens
Monday 23 October 2017

Stourhead is a sublime country residence with a magnificent garden set in rural Wiltshire.  It was created as a statement of fashion and good taste by the Hoare family in 1717 and has one of the most photogenic landscape gardens in Britain with spectacular autumn colours and views across the lake. The Palladian mansion was designed by Colen Campbell and contains a vast picture gallery of the family and Wiltshire countryside. Each room is an experience to see and is a reflection of the grandeur of the opulent banking family from 18th C times. The Regency library is one of the most elegant in the country and contains original works and manuscripts of Thomas Hardy, superb furniture by Thomas Chippendale and the Hoare family picture collection. There is something for all - history, gardening, painting, photography and architecture. Experience “Harry’s Story” and inspect the silver, porcelain and artefacts of Henry “The Good”, “The Magnificent” or “The Naughty”.  See the 13th C Chapel, packhorse bridge and temples in the grounds.  Stourhead gardens are a delight for walkers (it takes 1hr to circumnavigate the lake).  

Hot or cold Lunch in the restaurant or the old Spread Eagle pub (in the grounds) is recommended.  Minibus and buggy transport is available from reception to house and gardens.


            Banstead Community Centre  - 8.30am  

Return from Stourhead

            Depart – (at the latest)                -4.00pm 

(A comfort break will be included on both outward and return journeys)

‚ÄčTickets will be on sale on Wednesday, 6th September - cost £20 (not including lunch) ‚Äč

Tickets also available -  Veronica or Alan Lansdown (Tel 01737-350229) 

Alan’s Mobile  0775 232 5220