STOURHEAD – An English Country Park
The 18th century Palladian mansion and gardens at Stourhead are well worth a visit for anyone who appreciates beautiful English country parks. Three small temples, a grotto and the statues of eight English kings are situated within the grounds whose views from all locations are breathtaking.
Stourhead The House contains furniture designed by Chippendale the Younger, as well as paintings and ceramics. Near the gates stands a stone cross which originally stood in Bristol for four hundred years from 1373. It was once home to Sir Richard Colt Hoare an over enthusiastic archaeologist who opened 379 barrows mostly in Wiltshire, much on the information we could have learned of their contents was lost.