Since we had our car until the end of the day Saturday, and had to clear out of the cottage by 10:00 AM, we figured we’d be silly not to stop off somewhere on the way back to London. Using my trusty National Trust handbook, I located Stourhead House and Garden, in Wiltshire (so not too far from Stonehenge), just off the A303. I’m so happy I we decided to stop here.
So, big Pride and Prejudice fan. And I totally got my Lizzie Bennett visiting Pemberley house visit (though I have to say, the house itself actually reminded me more of Netherfield in the Kiera Knightley P&P movie). The garden here is a classic, Capability Brown era landscape garden, complete with grotto and artfully placed faux-Roman temples. It was completely wonderful to wander around (especially after about three hours in the car at that point). They did have a really neat walled garden, though Heligan’s was still better.
The house was really neat, too. First: it’s still lived in. There’s a lovely drawing room on the tour with amazing furniture and tons of art on the wall, and the current owner’s tv in the corner. Second: again, I totally got my P&P experience. Everything looked straight out of a Regency-era movie. It was probably even more special because I’d literally looked it up the night before, and had no expectations of visiting a place like this. Totally made the England portion of the trip complete to me.