Celebrating the arrival of Spring at Stourhead House and Gardens, Wiltshire

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Stourhead’s lake

It will soon be time to change the clocks in the UK and “spring forward” by one hour, welcoming in longer, brighter days.  Here at ‘Sunflowers’,  we may be based in Gillingham in north Dorset but we are so close to the counties of Somerset and Wiltshire that it’s no wonder that so many local businesses have the words ‘Three Counties’ in their name.  And one of our very favourite places to visit is just over the county line in Wiltshire – the magnificent National Trust property of Stourhead house and gardens.

The grounds are absolutely stunning all year round but never  more so than in spring – what could be more glorious than a walk around the lake or a hike through the woods to admire the bluebells?  Based just a few miles from Gillingham,  it’s one of the most  popular places for our guests to visit and in fact we have a visitor booked in with us for later this summer who is specifically coming to stay here just so that she can visit Stourhead.

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Stourhead gardens, spring 2016

The photos accompanying this article were taken by me at Stourhead in spring 2016 and I’m looking forward to going back there again soon to take some more shots.  Take a look at the National Trust website to plan your trip to wonderful Stourhead and contact us to book your bed and breakfast stay.

PS: if you come around Easter time,  you can join in the Stourhead Easter egg hunt – see our calendar for details.

Celebrating Christmas at Stourhead in Wiltshire

One of the loveliest things about life in North Dorset is that we are so close to the borders of Somerset and Wiltshire that we actually get to experience life in three counties, not just one!  A favourite place of ours (and our guests) is the nearby National Trust property of Stourhead, just over the border in Wiltshire, which has the most glorious house and grounds; a true jewel in the crown.

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Christmas is coming!

We took Peggy for a walk there on Sunday and I was delighted to see that the volunteer team have now decorated the grounds with these beautiful wreaths,  which are dotted around and hung on gates and fences.  There are also 50 outdoor Christmas trees!

The house itself is also decorated in a period style, complete with a roaring log fire and is well worth a visit – check out the National Trust‘s website for further details. You can also visit Father Christmas on certain dates and the house is open between now and 23rd December – can you squeeze in a visit to ‘Sunflowers’ so that you don’t miss out?

Check out the photo reel on our Things to See and Do page for lots more of my photos of Stourhead all year round and contact us soon if you’d like a pre-Christmas visit!