Majestic Dining At Stourhead

World-famous 18th-century landscape garden, Palladian mansion, parkland, woods and chalk downs

  • Enchanting temples, monuments and rare planting around a tranquil lake
  • Palladian mansion filled with Georgian treasures, Chippendale furniture and fine paintings
  • Woodland and chalk downland walks
  • Spectacular views from the top of King Alfred’s Tower, one of the finest follies in Britain
  • Two Iron Age hill forts to explore

If you are in the mood for not only delicious dining and majestic sights, you will want to head to National Trust’s Stourhead in Wiltshire. Not only does this beautiful 18th century locale boast being one of the most sought after destinations to visit but further the restaurant is prized by National Trust as well.

Before you get down to eating however, you will want to check out the Iron Age hill forts and scale to the top of King Alfreds Tower to take a panoramic glimpse from the top. There is also the scenic paths to walk among and the mansion itself is breathtaking.

There are always guided tours that you can join up with that are free for your pleasure, as well as maps for you to take out while hiking the trails. National Trust has kept this Palladian monument outfitted with the furniture and paintings noted for the era and each adornment and embellishment not only holds great beauty but historical lore too. Outside, the encompassing lake is pristine and the foliage is divine.

The restaurant on this National Trust site is headed by a chef who not only has a passion for food but also a love of the local fare. You will be treated to the best and freshest foods of the season, and it will delight you to know that the meat, herbs, and produce are grown right on site at the Stourhead Farm Shop.

No doubt after spending a fun filled day at National Trust’s Stourhead in Wiltshire you will have picked up on some history, dined on delicious fare, and topped it off with a trip to the farm shop to take home a few of the bountiful seasonal food!
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  • Stourhead is my favourite of all of the National Trust properties. It is simply breathtaking, especially in Autumn when the hundreds of trees are a plethora of oranges, yellows and auburns. It’s a lovely circular walk around the gardens which is very easy for all of the family (there are wheelchair and pushchair alternative paths so you don’t miss out).
    The house is very interesting and rather modest in comparison to some of the bigger stately homes, although is was one of the filming locations for “Pride and Prejudice” relatively recently.
    The gems of the estate are the grotto and the decorative outbuildings, they are so tranquil, a wonderful way to spend the day exploring!
    The facilities are also tremendous with a pub/restaurant, church and art shop all vying for your attention.

  • I totally adore Stourhead. It is only around 9 miles from my home and I go there regularly. It’s great to be lucky enough to see it at different times of year, from the Snowdrops in the Winter to the gorgeous colours of Autumn, not forgetting the wonderful bluebells that herald spring for me every year. The gardens are a joy to stroll around any time of the year and the follies, grottoes and other beautiful buildings are a must for any keen photographer, when they have finished photographing their beautiful, natural, surroundings. Finally a mention for the restaurant, they make a gorgeous vegetable soup which I heartily recommend to everyone!

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