Stourhead Gardens

High St, Stourton, Warminster BA12 6SH – opening times vary throughout the year

Palladian mansion and world-famous landscape garden

When Stourhead Gardens first opened in the 1740s, a magazine described it as ‘a living work of art’. The world-famous landscape garden has at its centrepiece a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic trees, and offers a day of fresh air and discovery.

Uncover the fascinating history of Stourhead house with an Italian ‘Grand Tour’ adventure and enjoy the unique Regency library, Chippendale furniture and inspirational paintings. The Palladian mansion is set amid ‘picnic perfect’ lawns and extensive parkland.

Stourhead Gardens is a 1,072-hectare estate at the source of the River Stour near Mere, Wiltshire, England and offers the perfect day out for everyone. You can visit Stourhead House, a magnificent Palladian mansion as well as exploring the landscaped garden which offers fantastic lakeside walks.

‘A living work of art’. That’s how a magazine described Stourhead when it first opened its doors in the 1750s. This world-famous garden was designed by Henry Hoare II as a series of carefully constructed views, like scenes from a landscape painting.


Henry Hoare II built a dam to form the lake and around it he positioned classical temples, Gothic buildings and rare and exotic trees. Although the garden is something of a secluded world, there are glimpses out to the wider landscape; to an estate of working farms and ancient hamlets.


Henry Hoare II’s garden was at the forefront of the 18th-century English landscape movement. For his fantastic achievement Henry was nicknamed ‘the Magnificent’. Today Stourhead is essentially the same as Henry’s vision – a timeless paradise.

There is a large National Trust shop and restaurant at Stourhead  Gardens for visitors to buy gifts or enjoy a sit down lunch.

Stourhead is approximately 28 miles away from St Anns House but is well worth the visit.

St Anns House Offers

Rooms Offer

  • All Rooms with Ensuite Facilities
  • Cathedral Views*
  • Beautifully Restored Georgian Features
  • Cast Iron Fireplaces
  • Flat Screen Digital Televisions
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • *select rooms

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Salisbury, Wiltshire


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