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Visit to Stourhead

When

17/10/2013    
12:00 am

Where

Stourhead
Stourhead, Gillingham, BA12 6QD

Event Type


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The Men of Pitton have arranged a visit to Stourhead today, including a walk around Alfred’s Tower.

Our next visit will be to the National Trust site at Stourhead on the 17th  October 2013.
I have copied a brief from the National Trust Website http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead/ below for your information.

Palladian mansion and world-famous landscape garden

When Stourhead 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.

Explore the 1,072 hectare (2,650 acre) Stourhead estate where chalk downs, ancient woods and farmland are managed for wildlife.

The visit will include travel by car (one hour from Pitton) to the main car park at the site arriving about 10.15 am  ( National Trust Members have free parking but other car drivers will need to purchase a parking ticket). There is a cafe at the car park where we can obtain refreshment before setting out.

The general plan is first to visit the “Mansion” which opens at 11.00 am.

We will then go to the local Spreadeagle pub for lunch – here the menu is a bit restricted but I am sure we can find something to eat. Unfortunately they do not take bookings as this is a  particularly busy time of the year due to the, hopefully, splendid Autumn colours – so we should aim to arrive at the pub soon after midday.

After lunch we can set out to tour the gardens – this will take as long as we wish but probably not longer than 2 hours.

There is quite a bit of walking involved – some of it rather hilly. There is no need to wear  walking boots as paths are in good order.

For those less able to walk the distances involved there is a bus service between the car park, mansion, pub and entrance to the garden. There should also be a golf buggy service to tour the garden but I am told this is not always available and we need to check the day before. A wheelchair should be available at the Mansion where all is on ground level.

Entrance to site is free to National Trust Members but otherwise £12.90.

Please let Roy know if you would like to come along and if so whether you can offer transport.

For more about the Men of Pitton, click here.