We love Stourhead
There are few National Trust properties we haven't visited around the South West but Stourhead is somewhere I wish we'd discovered sooner. When we stumbled upon a dark cave 5 minutes in, we knew we were going to love the place; the boys spent forever racing back and forth through the tunnel (one occasion where carrying a bunch of portable fairy lights came in handy) and even the adults were delighted (what is it about trudging through a pitch black cave that brings out your inner child?).
Stourhead was different to most NT properties we've visited as the house and gardens veer off in two different directions. There's a small pub across a public road that you cross for access to the grounds and a couple of beautiful little cottages you're able to rent out to stay in (note to self: do this!). From cobbled paths to miniature buildings, to umpteen caves and a gothic cottage (or the witch's cottage as a trio of children we passed informed us), if it weren't for our weary legs (and late entrance) we would've repeated the whole thing all over again before we had to leave.
Recently, we've been stumbling upon snowdrops and the beginnings of daffodils and it desperately feels like Spring is trying to push through. This year, I feel like we've made as much of our membership during the colder months as we possibly could have, but Stourhead is one place I can't wait to visit again once Summer arrives. If the National Trust was a video game, we'd be Level: Expert so to view all of our NT endeavours, just go here.
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