Stourhead, England

I finally have my computer back after a sad and deadly hard drive crash and can now share photos from my trip to the UK and France.
Let’s start with Stourhead in Wiltshire, England – a favorite National Trust site of mine, mainly for its grand landscapes and beauty year round. Even in the dead of winter, the grounds are breathtaking.
Opened in the 1740s, complete with a magnificent manmade lake reflecting classical Roman temples, grottos and exotic trees and agriculture.
Harry and I strolled for a few hours across the estate (built on 2,650 acres) and soaked up every second until the sun went down and it was time to hit the pub.

I am wearing a Burberry Poncho Scarf (similar, similar), Vintage Ralph Lauren Tweed Jacket (similar), Ralph Lauren Cashmere Cable Sweater, Zara Pants, Donald J Pliner Boots, Vintage Ralph Lauren Black Watch Plaid Handbag, Fiorentina Gloves (similar), Rayban Sunglasses, Monogrammed Necklace from Buggy Designs and earrings are a beautiful gift from Silver May.

The garden was created by a wealthy English banker who had been purchasing works of art in Italy when he inherited the Stourhead estate. The Italian influences are undeniable. The planned walk through the estate is said to be based on the journey of Rome’s legendry founder, Aeneas. We wandered through the winding paths where beautiful Roman architecture sprouted around us and I couldn’t help but agree. 
 
Do you recognize the bridge? And the Temple of Apollo?
The Temple of Apollo was the location where Mr Darcy proposed to Lizzy for the first time in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice. Lizzy then makes her exit on the Palladian Bridge.
 
What I love most is the secluded nature of Stourhead makes it easy to transport oneself into a different time while remaining still a very British experience. The wonderful pub located in the courtyard on the grounds of Stourhead is a wonderful conversion of a time gone by with a convivial atmosphere. If you feel so inclined to spend the night, beautiful Holiday rentals are available across from the pub.
 
 
I opted for a pint of English cider and a Ploughman’s platter complete with Cheddar, Pate, Cornichons,  Apples, Salad, Pickled Jam and Bread. Did I mention how much I love Branston Pickle with Cheese- I am seriously considering importing the stuff, it is just too good!

As we left Stourhead, England decided to show off for us just a little more. A spectacular rainbow appeared off the freeway alongside picturesque hills dotted with sheep. That we got to glimpse Stonehenge on our drive was the ultimate bonus.
As for Stourhead,  I could have wandered for the full day. For the warmer months, I would recommend loading the car with friends and family, packing a picnic & a good book and stay for the day. I think I may insist doing the same for my next trip back!

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