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Spinners Garden, Boldre, Hampshire - General view from the house


in the county of Hampshire

Lovely Cottage, South Harting

South Harting

in the county of West Sussex

Pictures of Stourton

in the county of Wiltshire

About Stourton

The River Stour flowing beneath a picturesque 5 arched bridge flanked by densely wooded banks is just one of the beauty spots to be seen in the spacious countryside surrounding this lovely old place.

Stourton is noted for the church dedicated to St. Peter where you can see many memorials to the famous Hoare banking family and for the house which was the families ancestral home, Stourhead House which is now in the care of the National Trust. The house, built during the 18th-century has an exceptional display of paintings, Chippendale furniture and many other treasures. It is though possibly best know for the great gardens which where the abiding passion of Henry Hoare II. The gardens show one of Europe's finest 18th-century layouts, they are simply spectacular with lovely vista's of lakes, statues, rare plants and beautiful flowers. Classical temples complete a fairy-tale extravaganza of extraordinary beauty which attracts thousands of visitors each year. On an historic note, Henry Hoare I purchased the manor of Stourton in 1717, prior to which it had remained the family home of the ancestral home of the powerful Catholic Stourton family for 700 years.

After touring Stourhead House and Gardens, and strolling round this eye-catching village it will be time to visit an attractive riverside pub, or maybe call in at the Spread Eagle Inn to enjoy a quiet drink to round of a very pleasant day.

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Shaftesbury (95 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Dorset

(8.7 miles, 14.0 km, direction SE of Stourton)

Shaftsbury is Dorset's only hill-top town, with its long history and good views it is particularly attractive to tourists...

Sturminster Newton, Dorset

Sturminster Newton (40 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Dorset

(12.4 miles, 20.0 km, direction S of Stourton)

A small attractive Market Town in Dorset...

Sherborne, Dorset.

Sherborne (111 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Dorset

(13.8 miles, 22.2 km, direction SW of Stourton)

The softly glowing Ham stone of which most of the town properties are built, lends warmth and atmosphere to what is already a unique and attractive place...

Silver Street, Trowbridge

Trowbridge (148 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Wiltshire

(15.6 miles, 25.1 km, direction N of Stourton)

Trowbridge is a historic town crammed with attractive stone buildings. It originated as a settlement along the Biss and flourished from the wool and weaving trades and from these periods there remain many magnificent merchant houses...

Wells, Somerset

Wells (137 Pictures) in the county of Somerset

(15.9 miles, 25.6 km, direction NW of Stourton)

Wells, situated at the foot of the picturesque mendip hills, is most certainly one of England's most delightful cathedral cities...

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Stourhead frozen lake sunset

Stourhead (94 Pictures)

(0.3 miles, 0.5 km)

Designed by Henry Hoare II, Stourhead is one of England's most picturesque landscape gardens with classic temples and palladian.....

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Longleat House & Safari Park (170 Pictures)

(5.7 miles, 9.2 km, direction N)

On entering the great grounds of Longleat House through the entrance known as "Heaven's Gate" visitors are immediately struck by.....

Nunney Castle, Somerset

Nunney Castle (8 Pictures)

(7.9 miles, 12.8 km, direction N)

A tradition exists that Nunney Castle's sole pig was subject to daily torture when the castle came under siege in 1645 during the.....

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Bratton Camp & White Horse (4 Pictures)

(13.2 miles, 21.3 km, direction NE)


Sherborne Old Castle

Sherborne Castle (80 Pictures)

(13.7 miles, 22.0 km, direction SW)

Many fascinating tales remain from the time when Sherborne Castle was lived in by Sir Walter Raleigh, a favourite of Elizabeth I......

Sherborne Abbey at night

Sherborne Abbey (7 Pictures)

(14.1 miles, 22.7 km, direction SW)

Without doubt this magnificent Abbey built centuries ago of creamy Ham stone ranks amongst the finest Abbey churches anywhere in.....

Fleet Air Arm Museum, Somerset

Fleet Air Arm Museum (3 Pictures)

(15.1 miles, 24.2 km, direction SW)

The Fleet Air Arm Museum houses Europe's largest Naval aviation collection. Go on-board Concorde and be transported by a.....

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