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Wiltshire Stately Homes, Country Houses & Gardens

blank tabCORSHAM COURTStately Homes & Gardens
Corsham, Wilts, SN13 0BZ
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Corsham Court is one of England's finest Stately Homes.

It houses one of the oldest, most distinguished collections of Old Masters and furniture in the country.

With "Capability" Brown gardens/arboretum, and architecture by John Nash and Thomas Bellamy, Corsham Court provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the many delights of this historic and beautiful Stately Home.
Tel: 01249 701610    Fax: 01249 701610
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blank tabWILTON HOUSEStately Homes & Gardens
Wilton Park, Wilton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 0BZ
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Home of the 18th Earl of Pembroke, Wilton House provides a fascinating and relaxing day out.

The Visitor Centre with its award winning film, Victorian Laundry and Tudor Kitchen allows visitors to step back in time and will guide them through centuries of history and the colourful lives of some of the house's inhabitants.

Marvel at Inigo Jones' magnificent State Rooms, including the Double Cube Room and admire the famous art collection.

Wilton House is set in 21 acres of magnificent landscaped parkland, bordered by the River Nadder which is the setting for the majestic Palladian Bridge.
Tel: 01722 746729    Fax: 01722 744447
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blank tabHEALE GARDEN & PLANT CENTREStately Homes & Gardens
Middle Woodford, Salisbury, SP4 6NT
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Heale House (closed to the public) with 8-acres of exquisite gardens, located on the northern side of Salisbury, providing a varied collection of plants, shrubs, musk and other roses, growing in the formal setting of clipped hedges and mellow stonework; at their best in June and July. Particularly lovely, especially in Spring and Autumn is the water garden, planted with magnolia and acres, surrounding the Japanese Tea House and Nikko Bridge. In January, great drifts of snow drops and aconite's bring early colour and the promise of spring. Unusual plants, including many of those growing in the garden, can be bought in the specialist, internationally renowned Plant Centre, together with gifts for all ages, especially garden enthusiasts. Admission: £6.00 Adults, £3.00 Children. Open: Wed-Sat: 10.00am-5.00pm, Sun & Bank Holiday Monday: 11.00am-4.00pm.
Tel: 01722 782504
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blank tabLARMER TREE GARDENSStately Homes & Gardens
Tollard Royal, Salisbury, SP5 5PY
Set in the beautiful landscape of the Cranborne Chase, these 11-acre pleasure grounds were designed in 1880 by General Augustus Pitt Rivers.

They contain an extraordinary collection of buildings, including a Roman temple, open-air theatre and Nepalese rooms. The beautifully laid out garden, with its stunning views, majestic trees and sunken dell ponds retains an atmosphere of elegance and informality. The gardens and Coffee Grove Café are open March to October, Sunday to Thursday 11am to 4.30pm, serving delicious coffee, lunch and tea.

Please check our website for opening times throughout the year.
Tel: 01725 516971    Fax: 01725 516449
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blank tabMOMPESSON HOUSEStately Homes & Gardens
The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EL
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Mompesson House, "The House in The Close" is a perfect example of Queen Anne architecture and was built for Charles Mompesson in 1701.

It is noted for its elegant and spacious interior, especially the magnificent plasterwork and fine oak staircase. See the important Turnbull collection of 18th century drinking glasses, fine period furniture and charming walled garden with its garden tea room.

Mompesson House featured as Mrs Jennings' London home in the award-winning film "Sense and Sensibility". Mompesson House is today owned by the National Trust.

Opening Times: Saturday 16th March 2013- Sunday 3rd November 2013, Saturday to Wednesday 11.00am to 5.00pm. Last admission 4.30pm.
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Tel: 01722 335659   Info Line: 01722 420980
Fax: 01722 321559
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Avebury Manor & Garden

nr Marlborough, SN8 1RF
Tel: 01672 539250     Fax: 01672 538038 (Avebury Estate office)   

Avebury Manor Photo © Chris Collard
Avebury Manor & Garden -
Photo: Chris Collard CCL


16th-century manor house with lovely Edwardian gardens.

A much-altered house of monastic origin, the present buildings date from the early 16th century, with notable Queen Anne alterations and Edwardian renovation.

The garden was completely redesigned in the early 20th century by Colonel and Mrs. Jenner.

The topiary and other formal gardens are contained within walls and ancient clipped box, creating numerous ‘rooms'. Some features may be survivals of the original priory precinct.

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The Courts Garden

Holt, nr Bradford-on-Avon, BA14 6RR
Tel: 01225 782875 (opening hours) / 01225 782340 (other times)     Fax: 01225 782340

The Courts Yew Trees Photo © Roddy Smith
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Delightful English country garden.

An example of the English style at its best, the garden is full of charm and variety.

There are many interesting plants and an imaginative use of colour, with surrounding topiary, ornaments and water features.

The garden is complemented by an arboretum with natural planting of spring bulbs, a kitchen garden and orchard.

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Dyrham Park

Dyrham, nr Chippenham, SN14 8ER
Tel: 0117 9372501     Fax: 0117 9371353   

Dyrham Deer Photo © Chris Shaw



Dyrham Deer - Photo:
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Spectacular late 17th-century mansion and deer park.

Dyrham Park is a beautiful Baroque country house set in 110ha (274 acres) of garden and parkland, designed by Talman for William Blathwayt, Secretary of War during the reign of William III.

As a consequence of Blathwayt's royal connections and influential uncle Thomas Povey, the house was to become a showcase for his taste in Dutch decorative arts.

The collection includes delftware, paintings and furniture; later 18th-century additions include furniture by Gillows and Linnell.

Restored Victorian domestic rooms include kitchens, tenants' hall and delft-tiled dairy.

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Great Chalfield Manor

nr Melksham, SN12 8NJ
Tel: 01225 782239     Fax: 01225 783379   

Chalfield Manor
Great Chalfield Manor -
Photo: Patricia Steel CCL


Charming 15th-century manor house and garden.

Completed in 1480, the manor house is enhanced by a moat and gatehouse and has beautiful oriel windows and a great hall.

The house and garden were restored c.1905-11 by Major R. Fuller, whose family live here and manage the property.

The garden, designed by Alfred Parsons to complement the manor, has been replanted.

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Philipps House & Dinton Park

Dinton, Salisbury, SP3 5HH
Tel: 01722 716663      E-mail:

Philipps House
Philipps House -
Photo: Kevin Young CCL


Early 19th-century neo-Grecian house. Designed by Jeffry Wyatville for William Wyndham, the house was completed in 1820.

The principal rooms on the ground floor are open to visitors and contain fine Regency furniture.

Both the house and the surrounding landscape park have recently been restored.

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Stourhead Estate Office, Stourton, Warminster, BA12 6QD
Tel: 01747 841152     Fax: 01747 842005  

Stourhead House Photo © Jon Wornham
Stourhead House -
Photo: Jon Wornham


Celebrated landscape garden and Palladian mansion.

An outstanding example of the English landscape style, this splendid garden was designed by Henry Hoare II and laid out between 1741 and 1780.

Classical temples, including the Pantheon and Temple of Apollo, are set around the central lake at the end of a series of vistas, which change as the visitor moves around the paths and through the magnificent mature woodland with its extensive collection of exotic trees.

Built in the 1720s the mansion was home to the Hoare family, owners of Britain's only independent private bank surviving to the present.

The magnificent interior includes an outstanding Regency library, an extensive picture collection and furniture by Chippendale the Younger.

King Alfred's Tower, an intriguing red-brick folly built in 1772 by Henry Flitcroft, is almost 50m high and gives breathtaking views over the estate.

Much of the estate woodland and downland is managed for nature conservation and there are two interesting Iron Age hill-forts, Whitesheet Hill and Park Hill Camp.

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Amesbury: A Stepping Stone to History

West Amesbury House © Patricia Steel
West Amesbury House  - Photo:
Patricia Steel CCL


For most people, Amesbury is merely the nearest town to Stonehenge.

However, this pretty little Wiltshire town is steeped in history, and is a lot more than a mere stepping stone. More...  

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Imber - The Town That Got Conscripted

Imber Court Photo © Brian Robert Marshall
Imber Court - Photo:
Brian Robert Marshall


During the Second World War everyone had to make sacrifices.

Many thousands of people lost their homes to enemy action, but when the inhabitants of Imber in Wiltshire lost their homes it was not to the enemy but to the British Army.

Not that the houses were destroyed; they weren't.

They were just, shall we say, conscripted. More...

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Little Clarendon

Dinton, Salisbury, SP3 5DZ
Tel: 01985 843600     E-mail:

Late 15th-century stone house. Built in Tudor times, the house was altered in the 17th century and has a 20th-century Catholic chapel. The three principal rooms on the ground floor are open to visitors and furnished with vernacular oak furniture.

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