Enjoy a tour of one of the finest neo-Classical mansions in Europe.
Over the past year, many of us have discovered new walks and locations to explore in the local area.
A particular favourite is the wonderful 250-acre National Trust estate at Stowe, near Buckingham, which has provided welcome opportunities to blow away the cobwebs throughout every stage of lockdown.
But how many of you are familiar with the magnificent building at the heart of the gardens, the house itself?
Although you can hardly miss this imposing 400-room mansion as you walk the estate’s paths, many people assume that the interior of the house is off-limits as it is home to Stowe School.
However, the house – one of the finest neo-Classical mansions in Europe – is very much open to visitors throughout the year.
The house is managed by the Stowe House Preservation Trust (SHPT), an independent charity who opens the house to visitors for guided tours during term time and self-guided tours during the school holidays.
Stowe House’s history spans over 300 hundred years and charts the rise and fall of a great English dynasty, The Temple-Grenvilles, an extraordinary family who came to Stowe as sheep farmers and rose to be one of the wealthiest and most politically powerful families in the country.
Employing some of the most influential architects and designers of the time such as William Kent, Sir John Vanbrugh, Robert Adams and Sir John Soane, they transformed Stowe from a country seat into the rural palace that you see today.
For opening times and tickets, visit http://www.stowehouse.org