At the weekend we paid a return visit to Stourhead, which we last went to in June 2014 https://spinner182.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/stourhead/
The lake garden at Stourhead is huge, and there are lots of spots around its edges which are ideal for having a picnic on the grass :)
Just after we started eating we spotted a duck running around the edge of the lake from over near the bridge…..it ran from there all the way over to us to come and see if we’d give it any food >.>
We were joined by several other ducks which came to investigate while we ate, but after a while they gave up and ran over to other people having picnics to try their luck there hehe
A lot of the garden was in bloom, and the walk around the lake is really nice and on flat ground.
With the decorative little temples and things dotted around along the path it’s a very pleasant place ^^
Last time we came the largest temple was covered with scaffolding for repair work, so we couldn’t go inside.
This time we were able to have a look around though :)
This temple is modelled after the Pantheon in Rome, so it was interesting to get to see this decorative temple so soon after we’d seen the real one in Italy ^^
After walking around the gardens we headed up to the house for another look inside there.
Like last time we came; only the ground floor is open to visitors, but there are some really nice rooms to look around on your way through.
It’s easy to see how the owner of the house was inspired by Italian design in here as well as outside in his garden :)
In the library there is even a feature window with a reproduction of part of Raphael’s “The School of Athens”; another thing which we saw the original of during our recent trip to Rome……we didn’t even know this was there when we visited this house before ;>.>
Just goes to show how it’s well worth revisiting places again in the future, to see things you might’ve missed before ;)