Masterpiece tours at Stourhead

VISITORS to the National Trust’s Stourhead House in Wiltshire can learn more about the house’s stunning art and antique collections on one of a series of Masterpiece tours.

A team of volunteers has researched and created these extended guided tours, which showcase highlights from the collection an­d explain the connections between them and the world-famous landscape garden.

Generations of the Hoare family curated and added to the collection in the house. Many of the paintings and objects were gathered by family members on Grand Tours of Europe.

The talks will enable visitors “to experience a private view of selected rooms in the house, including usually unseen items from the Hoare family collection,” says the house and collections manager, Emily MacCormack.

After light refreshments in the restaurant, the Masterpiece Tours continue with a guided exploration of arguably the greatest masterpiece of all at Stourhead – the landscape garden, with its artfully engineered lake and perfectly placed temples.

There are Masterpiece tours on 25th June, 2nd and 30th July, 6th August and 3rd September. Booking is essential – visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead

Pictured: The Interior of the Pantheon, Stourhead © Samuel Woodforde, RA (Ansford 1763-Ferrara 1817)