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Wells, Somerset

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CITY OF WELLS • MENDIP HILLS • SOMERSET LEVELS

Stourhead

near Mere, Wiltshire, BA12 6QF

Stourhead features one of the finest landscape gardens in Britain. It was designed by Henry Hoare II between 1741 and 1780. The River Stour was dammed to form a lake. Surrounding the lake are a number of temples and follies such as the Pantheon, Temple of Apollo, Temple of Flora and the Palladian Bridge. Many rare and exotic trees are found around the lake including a Monkey Tree. There are fabulous blooms during the spring. Bluebells carpet the woodland floor whilst magnolia and rhododendron trees are covered in flowers. The Palladian mansion houses a unique collection of Chippendale furniture, magnificent paintings and an exquisite Regency library. This is well worth a visit which can be combined with King Alfred's Tower for a great day out.

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  • The classic picture of autumn colours with relections in the lake. The temple of Apollo is nestling in a small clearing amongst the trees.
  • The Pantheon through the trees
  • Flowering rhododendron trees with a glimpse of the mansion behind.
  • Large floral display
  • Flowering rhododendron trees.
  • Stourhead Grotto and Lake
  • Gothic Cottage
  • The Temple of Flora built in 1746. Image  Palden Jenkins.
  • The Palladian Bridge with the Pantheon in the background.
  • Sitting by the lake with trees in bloom
  • The Pantheon in the autumn with Maple tree.
  • One of the many flowering plants seen during May. This is a colourful yellow flowering rhododendron.
  • Stourhead
  • Temple of Apollo
  • Stourhead panorama found on the internet and it is not known who owns it.

Lat/Long : 51.105085, -2.317951

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