Stourhead winter garden

A young family looking out across a lake at Stourhead, in the winter

After a visit to the house, visitors can take a lakeside stroll and enjoy the tranquillity of the winter landscape garden that was created over 250 years ago and enjoyed by thousands each year.

In winter, as the leaves have fallen of the trees and many shurbs lay dormant waiting for the first signs of spring, you are able to clearly see the design of the garden and how one man’s vision has turned into something spectacular.

The garden temples take pride of place during the winter months offering wonderful view-points (and shelters from the rain) before you continue on the circular walk around the lake.

The winter light, a result of the low sun, creates wonderful shadows throughout the day allowing the garden to be seen in a new perspective. Sight isn’t the only sense that benefits from the winter season; sounds are amplified around the garden due to the lack of leaves.

The garden itself is quitter, with fewer visitors enjoying the place, and so you are more likely to see some of Britain’s native species of bird also exploring the garden at Christmas.

If you need a rest of some refuelling on the garden walk we have just the thing for you. Open on December weekends will be the atmospheric Gothic Cottage. Sited half way round the garden, the lakeside cottage is a popular resting point. Visitors can drop in and warm themselves up by the open fire in the festively decorated cosy cottage.

Just remember to wrap up warm before you explore all that the garden has to offer.