On our way to Bath for the weekend, we decided to break up the journey and stop at Stourhead National Trust in Wiltshire. Just under an hour from Bath this seemed like the obvious stop and to make the most of our National Trust membership.
Stourhead house and gardens was home to the Hoare family for many years and was adapted by different generations of the family. It was handed over to the National Trust in 1947.
As we were travelling with Lola we made sure there was plenty of space to be able to walk her. I didn’t actually realise just how big the Stourhead estate is so we wouldn’t be short of dog friendly places to wander.
We were able to walk with Lola right up to the front of Stourhead house using the paths, and then we discovered some woodland just to the side of the house which was perfect dog walking time whilst the house was visited by everyone else.
Dogs are welcome in the gardens at certain times of the year after 3pm or 4pm in the afternoon. Even without being able to take Lola into the gardens when we visited, you can still access some of it from the road side anyway without actually going into the gardens themselves.
The Stourhead estate is quite spread out with the gardens being accessed via the village road and past the village pub. It’s a quaint place to walk through and I think to get the full benefit you would need to spend longer than a couple of hours here.
The gardens itself have a vast lake in the centre which create amazing views, and I can only image what this would look like through the different seasons. With spring, the flowers are starting to bloom but I can imagine it’ll look so much different in a few weeks time.
To walk around the lake along one of the walks would take around 2 hours. We definitely didn’t have time to even walk a third of the way around the gardens this time, but we spent a bit of time exploring in some of the nooks and crannies along the way including the Temple of Apollo, one of the temples in the gardens.
The Stourhead gardens temple of Apollo was built in 1765 by Henry Flitcroft, dedicated to Apollo the sun god, the temple shows amazing views.
We usually stop for a hot chocolate or a bite to eat when we’re visiting a National Trust property. Stourhead has a great restaurant which has so much choice, a lot more than other properties we have visited recently.
Other National Trust properties we have visited include:-