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Stourhead house and gardens
Stourhead house is a palladian style country house set in a huge landscaped garden with artificial lake large areas of hills and woodland with several interesting follies spread around the grounds. Follow the path around the lake and various vistas reveal themselves. There is a underground grotto giving views across the lake toward the bridge and village of Stourhead.
The paths are well maintained and no wellies are required. The gardens can get busy in high season, but there is so much space here that it is not hard to find a peaceful spot. Best visited in spring when the trees show their many shades of green, or in autumn when the woods look like they are on fire! so many shades of red and brown...
The site is run by the National Trust who charge an admission fee (members go free) and there is an excellent tea rooms by the car park serving hot food. In the picturesque village of Stourhead (part of the estate) there is an pub, the Spread Eagle serving food and drinks.