Best of British: Winter Gardens

With a sprinkle of snow or a touch of frost, the UK’s landscape is at its most magical this time of year.

Stourhead, Wiltshire

 

Stourhead, Wiltshire

Inspired by the landscape painters of the late 1700s, the gardens at Stourhead’s 2,650-acre estate are as pretty as a picture. At the centre, a five-arched stone bridge sits over a sweeping lake, its edges lined with exotic trees and buildings paying homage to the 18th-century owner’s love of art. Each adornment is arranged to form a waterside walk that’s intended to represent the journey of the Roman leader Aeneas into the underworld. 

The art and mythology of Stourhead are evident year-round, and winter is an ideal time to take in its secluded beauty, meander through ancient woodland and visit the UK’s tallest oak tree.

Visit the Nationaltrust website for more details

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