Saturday, August 22, 2015

And the Grand Home Tour continues......

OK, put your walking shoes back on
because today we are going to be touring
 two of the National Trust's magnificent properties

Trerice is another beautiful Elizabethan Manor
 we toured while in Cornwall
Elegant Knot Garden
Hubby at the rear of the manor
standing next to the apple orchard. 
 and finally on our travels back
from Cornwall we visited the spectacular
Stourhead is a 1,072-hectare estate at the source of the River Stour near Mere, Wiltshire, England. The estate includes a Palladian Mansion, the village of Stourton, gardens,
farmland, and woodlands
 P.S. an hectare = 100 acres

Stourhead has a GRAND entrance

At one time the Gate Keepers actually lived in these towers and you had to receive their permission before entering the grounds

unless you were the king!

and that's my cousin looking back to check on the slow poke
American couple  (that would be me & hubby) who were not use
to walking as much as the English!!

Palladian Mansion
Palladian architecture is a European style of architecture derived from and inspired by the designs of the Venetian architect Andrea Palladio (1508–1580).
and the grounds are no less spectacular!
Lying in secluded privacy in its own valley, Stourhead in Wiltshire features one of the world’s finest landscape gardens. A magnificent lake is central to the design at Stourhead, with the lakes edge being adorned with classical temples, enchanting grottos and rare and exotic trees to discover.
 Temple to Flora in the background
 The Temple of Apollo
The day we were there, a wedding was taking place
at the temple, can you see the people?

As we strolled around we came upon
a row of charming cottages
and of course, Stourhead had to have
it's own church!!
Thanks for taking the tour
Thank you for allowing me to
reminisce a little on my time in England
and the wonderful places we visited
Every Little Birdie says -
this ends your tour
you may now take off your shoes
and rub your feet!!

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