Stourhead is an estate at the source of the River Stour about 2 1⁄2 miles (4 km) northwest of the town of Mere and includes a Grade I listed 18th-century Palladian mansion, the village of Stourton, gardens, farmland, and woodland. Stourhead has been part-owned by the National Trust since 1946.
A number of temples inspired by classical architecture are set around an artificially-created lake featuring a five arch Palladian Bridge. Stourhead is open year round and is particularly lovely in Autumn, when the temples are beautifully set-off by the autumn foliage surrounding them. Stourhead normally has a Christmas Light festival in December.
Distance 9.5 miles