This is a magnificent
showpiece village of more than 300 cottages
owned by the National Trust.
It lies on the estate surrounding the Palladian mansion of Stourhead, famous for its works of art and superb landscaped garden.
The latter was created in a classical style with grottos, temples, stone bridges and sublime trees.
One of the follies is King Alfred’s Tower, which soars 150 feet and affords spectacular views.
A beautiful garden has also been created at Stourton Rectory.
The historian Edward
Gibbon was said to be have been so inspired by
Stourhead’s library he wrote his massive tome
‘Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’.
The estate contains the Iron Age hill forts of Whitesheet Hill and Park Hill Camp.