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The best houses and gardens in Wiltshire

Posted on 13th October 2014

With the UK now in the midst of autumn and the weather slowly beginning to turn colder, it is a great time to visit stately homes and gardens.

So if you are staying in rural Wiltshire holiday cottages or are taking a short-break in the county in the near future and the weather is variable, then why not visit some Wiltshire stately homes as they offer both indoor and outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy.

Wiltshire is full of world-class country houses and gardens and the below guide gives a brief overview of the stately homes that you just have to visit during your stay.

Bowood House and Gardens

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 Bowood House and Gardens are open seven days a week from April-November and are the perfect attraction to visit no matter what the weather.

Bowood is the family home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne and visitors will get to see the library where Dr Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen, having isolated it in its gaseous state, and exhibition rooms showing off family heirlooms collected for over 250 years.

The house is hugely impressive, but the grounds and gardens are spectacular with an incredible collection of trees, shrubs and flowers. Bowood House and Gardens also have a little farm full of small animals and an adventure playground that are perfect for visitors with children.

Longleat

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 Longleat Safari and Adventure Park is one of the most visited attractions in the UK and offers visitors a range of indoor and outdoor activities.

The safari park showcases some of the most incredible animals in Africa and Asia, while Longleat House gives visitors an insight into its 450-year history.

Longleat Wiltshire is truly one of the must-visit places in the county and it has a number of upcoming events for people to enjoy including a Halloween event, firework display and a Christmas celebration.

Stourhead Estate

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Stourhead Estate is located in a beautiful garden that offers a number of picturesque walks beside its lakes and temples.

The Stourhead House is in the middle of the grounds, which also boast an art gallery, pub, Iron Age forts, King Alfred’s Tower and a farm shop.

People on autumn Wiltshire cottage holidays will also be amazed by the variety of colours that come from the trees that are located within the Stourhead Estate during this time of year.

To find out the opening times for this magnificent estate, visit the Stourhead Estate website.

Wilton House

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Wilton House is another stunning stately house that is arguably one of Wiltshire’s most famous as it has featured in films such as Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.

The house is home to the most intact 17th Century stateroom in England- the world-famous Double Cube Room.

The mansion is located in 21 acres of parkland that offer stunning walks through its water and rose gardens.