STOURHEAD, ENGLAND A Fun Guide

Considering where to go? Like the countryside? If you are in England, If you are visiting England, this guide  has tips for a wonderful day out , visiting an impressive house and amazing garden, full of beauty and history. I can recommend STOURHEAD deep in the  English countryside.

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I loved how this looked bathed in sunlight

It was the most WONDERFUL trip out recently, Man of Mine and Myself took ourselves visiting a place in the English countryside called STOURHEAD, its within the county of Wiltshire in England.
Stourhead boasts a house and massive  (6250 acres!) of beautifully landscaped gardens.

WHATS IT FAMOUS FOR?

Stourhead is maybe MOST famous for its display of BEAUTY in Autumn, from all of trees and shrubs changing their colours and showing the beauty that is around at this magical time of year. Visits may even peak in Autumn, I wouldn’t be surprised.

I absolutely adore this seasons display of glorious hedgerows and piles of fallen leaves, fun is to be had putting on your boots and trundling across crisp leaves on green lawn.

Pretty displays brightening up walkways and the spooky pleasure of the certain trees that HAVE lost leaves and give that eerie haunted look (I love that- think you would too its so pretty). I recommend it.

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 BARE TREES -Is it just me who thinks this is spooky and fun!

Excited for weeks and months, I knew I was going and had planned to go in September to get the leaves in their prime, however, nature changes every year and this year summer seemed slower to finish, so I looked outside the kitchen window regularly considering the leaves on OUR shrubs and trees… have they changed yet?how much, and are they starting to fall..what was it like in STOURHEAD?

Deciding to wait till well into October to visit as this seemed more the PRIME time to go and stourhead themselves say that mid OCTOBER is the ARRIVAL of AUTUMN to STOURHEAD. It did arrive!! time to go visit, the weather was sunny and bright!

We visited on a Monday, Stourhead can get very busy in Autumn so if you can go on a weekday I recommend it.

HARRY

The place boasts a story about HARRY, and is depicted through interesting signs

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Learn about HARRY
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Harry signs

HILLS

Having been before I can tell you that it is hilly and steep, I think it is challenging for pushchairs and wheelchairs although look on the official website for advice.

WHAT TO BE FASCINATED BY?

For me – almost ALL of it! This clock tower along kept me and Man of Mine busy taking pictures for quite some time! (he loves photography too!)

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Like something from a fairy tale this clock tower

WHAT TO WEAR?

When and if you go I advise you to wrap up for English Autumn, as such a cosy coat, warm scarf, and woolen hat fits the bill. Oh and wear comfortable shoes. Also money and a little packet of wet wipes!

WHAT TO TAKE

I also advise you to pack a nice rucksack full of goodies to eat, there is facilities to eat at Stourhead, a cafe/pub called something unmentionable I will picture ! (ho ho!) it will make you surprised and will make you smile.

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Is it just me who finds this amusing a title!

At this part of Stourhead it is hard to know what is actually part of the stourhead visit and the village, Maybe it is all owned by stourhead, I guess so but there is a distinctly village feel so that’s a little confusing.

There is a gallery with lovely art and places to sit outside. (the gallery would be cool to get shelter from any rain too but you may have walked very far away!)

LAST OF THE PICNIC LOVERS?

As for us, Man of Mine and I like to PICNIC, are we the last of the picnic lovers? Although plenty of people about …we didn’t see one soul, ANY age group, enjoying a picnic!

Does no one ELSE make a BIG pile of sandwiches and pack a HOT flask, does NO ONE keep a quiche in stock, (that’s just us then ha ha) and pack apple and scones? bags of crisps?? we did and it was divine -we were full to the brim and made lunch into TWO stops , it was FUN! (and we certainly walked if off!)

THE CHURCH

There is a beautiful Gothic looking  church, I took photos so I could get a good picture for you to see. Very beautiful.

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Is it just me who thinks it is Gothic, Whatever the period it is beautiful

Also there are beautiful cottages (for people who work there maybe?) They must be very used to people taking a picture of their house!

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House with its red trailing leaves- Man of Mine would remove them all for understandable practical reasons!

SECRET GARDENS! (STABLE YARD GARDEN)

Then you show tickets to get back into the official gardens, and yet by then you can have visited the (to me) SECRET gardens,  I ALWAYS think secret garden if I see a garden with a high wall and archways!! (it is NOT its official title!)

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Gardens – to me secret, maybe to them stable yard?
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‘secret’ garden

Also BEFORE this is is possible to walk up to the large impressive house, we looked in there last time and Man of Mine and myself get more excited about the garden so we stayed outside this time, especially since you have to hand in rucksacks and we are not too into the old fashioned look. (plus the weather was VERY kind to us which helps -does it not)

ADVICE

Note- I know some of you will not want to leave THE HOUSE out though and we have looked at the house before, it is very impressive. TAKE A LOOK

HOW TO SPEND THE DAY

So we wandered and saw everything we could, we went to the garden I call secret, SAW the house, admired MANY trees, look! (this was not ALL of them ha ha)

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beauty of trees!
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Horse Chestnut or conker, see below for link to my adventures with conkers

CONKER WALK READ HERE

…had a picnic, twice!, saw gorgeous PUMPKINS in a greenhouse, look –

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Pumpkins for october in stourhead greenhouse

 we saw a cave!!

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cave dwelling or not

and visited inside the TEMPLE OF FLORA

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TEMPLE OF FLORA
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OLD BEAUTIFUL TEMPLE

Enjoyed seeing the Palladian House .. there is literally so much to see and lots of walking to do! Look at the colours achievable even in October .. More pictures for you to ENJOY with us! I have had to be SO selective!

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sunlight on water – pretty!
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Man of Mine and Myself!
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stourhead – truly beautiful!

A BOOKSHOP

You can go and find the old bookshop, I think it is a secondhand one, there is also a National trust shop with all kind of things to buy.

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You can even buy books!

TRADITION

This is a traditional view of Stourhead and one that makes us gaze in wonder! I loved being able to take autumn pictures of it

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Traditional Autumn view at Stourhead

In the garden there were displays of even BRIGHT flowers! its october and yet still these are possible – no filter!

Well thank you for visiting the blog and sharing in the memories of a GREAT DAY OUT! if you go I do hope my tips help you to enjoy YOUR time at Stourhead!

ZOZIE

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October at Stourhead

 

 

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9 thoughts on “STOURHEAD, ENGLAND A Fun Guide”

  1. My husband is desperate to visit England! If we ever make it, this looks like a lovely way to spend an afternoon. We really love touring old homes, and having the grounds to explore too sounds fantastic. And can I say…your picnic sounded just divine! I’m inspired to pack one…if only there wasn’t snow outside. Oh well, in the spring!

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    1. Ah lovely to speak to you Susan …yes put Stourhead on your wish list and even sooner- in the spring if you like – go for a picnic!😊…we are still taking Quiche and a flask out with us sometimes on our day outs still as the temp drops.

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