At the head of the lake, stands the 1373 Bristol High Cross, given to Henry Hoare in 1780. It formally stood in the city of Bristol itself.
Also in the grounds is a giant obelisk. We did not have the time to get up there, but admired it from afar.
Amongst the many other features around the lake, they have also managed to include a splendid waterfall.
Stourhead was always a self contained community, and you can still see some of the original, cute, stone cottages.
On e of the many rare plants on show at Stourhead, is the dove tree, which was luckily in flower at the time of our visit. Also known as the hankerchief tree, the species comes originally from China.
We visited Stourhead in late spring when there is a fine display of Rhododendrons, of all colours and types. Some of them are also subtley scented.
From the car park, you can make a grand entrance to the house, though the castellated main entrance, It is quite a walk, but the view of the house unfolds before you as you proceed up the drive.