Stourhead House and Garden

Stourhead is a 1,072-hectare (2,650-acre) estate at the source of the River Stour near Mere, Wiltshire, England. The estate includes a Palladian mansion, the village of Stourton, gardens, farmland, and woodland.

The lake at Stourhead is artificially created. Following a path around the lake is meant to evoke a journey similar to that of Aeneas's descent in to the underworld. In addition to Greek mythology, the layout is evocative of the "genius of the place", a concept made famous by Alexander Pope. Buildings and monuments are erected in remembrance of family and local history. Henry Hoare was a collector of art– one of his pieces was Claude Lorrain's Aeneas at Delos, which is thought to have inspired the pictorial design of the gardens. Passages telling of Aeneas's journey are quoted in the temples surrounding the lake.

The twenty closest neighbours in the database:

Bath (United Kingdom) (30 km), Stonehenge (35 km), Winchester (United Kingdom) (71 km), The Needles (71 km), Osborne House (84 km), Carisbrook Castle (85 km), Portsmouth (United Kingdom) (92 km), Oxford (United Kingdom) (103 km), Blenheim Palace (105 km), Fishbourne Roman Palace (110 km), Hughenden Manor (124 km), Waddesdon Manor (126 km), Arundel Castle (127 km), Stratford-upon-Avon (United Kingdom) (128 km), Warwick Castle (140 km), Hampton Court Palace (142 km), Ludlow Castle (143 km), St Albans (United Kingdom) (155 km), Brighton (United Kingdom) (156 km), Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms (158 km)

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