Monday, 26 January 2015

Stour Head Gardens, Mere, Wiltshire.

Phillip and I belong to the National Trust and at this time of the year you can walk in the actual gardens with the dog (until the end of February).  The rest of the year you can only go in after 4.00 p.m.which I can kind of understand as it gets very busy.  Sadly as usual there were the naughty dog owners who let their dog off the lead despite being asked at the entrance to keep them on the lead.  There were also naughty parents allowing their children to go in areas which are out of bounds at this time of the year!  It was a beautiful sunny winter's day so thought I would share some photos with you.
They have a wonderful grotto at Stourhead, which I did photograph but with it being under ground the photos weren't very good - you'll just have to go and experience it yourself LOL.
Half way round there is an old cottage where you can get takeaway tea/coffee and a chocolate bar which was really enjoyable sitting in the sun shine.
 There is a pub on site with a sunny courtyard if you want a meal, as well as a take away place for tea/coffee and bacon rolls.  There is also a restaurant at the car park where they serve hot food as well as sandwiches etc.  We had a sandwich and a drink for lunch and I had a mooch in the shop.  I bought a couple of dog print scarves, a small rucksack, some notelets and a bar of marzipan chocolate (Phillip loves it).  Most of my purchases were in the sale so picked up some bargains.

We have walked the grounds before with the dog, up to King Alfreds Tower and seen the obelisk etc, but by the time we had seen everything around the lake, which involved doing the whole thing twice the dog was starting to tire so we stopped for his benefit.

We went into the Church, you will often find us looking in churches, Phillip, me and the dog.  We were looking at the Hoare family script and I felt Barney trembling up his lead - I looked at him, he was absolutely terrified, the most frightened I have ever seen him, shaking and trying to get close to the ground, tail between his legs, look of fear on his face.  Phillip thought he might be having a fit but I said no he's scared, we took him outside straight away and he was fine.  I think he felt the presence of a spirit!

All in all a lovely trip out and highly recommended.

K x


  1. Beautiful photos and such a lovely sounding walk. Poor Barney x

  2. Amazing story about the dog Karen.