Stowe House & Garden Walk, National Trust: Photo Essay

Wish my school looked like this.

Stow School looks more like a Royal residency.

Stowe Gardens North Portico

The arching pillars remind me of St. Peters Basilica in Rome. Step inside the Marble Saloon room and admire the intricate detail of the frieze. Look above you and you’ll find a Pantheon styled dome streaming light into the room.

The Saloon Decor Stowe House
Stowe House The Saloon sky light

Through the huge doors you can see the lush green grounds for miles. Take a moment to enjoy the view from the top of the staircase before making your way down.

Pavilions and Corinthian arch Stowe House
Stowe Gardens Portico
Stowe School Gardens
Stowe House garden

Stowe School has kept and re purposed a number of the gorgeous buildings surrounding the main house which gives you a sense of the history.

Vanbrugh Block Stowe House
Chatham House Stowe School
Catham House Stowe House

Stowe Gardens offers a number of walks viewing the gorgeous monuments and temples you can take around the grounds, which are signposted, in elegant fashion of course.

Pegg's Terrace Stowe Gardens walk

I was instantly struck by The Rotunda from a distance. It’s hard to believe it’s in the middle of Stowe Golf Course. The Temple is home to a gold statue of Venus.

Venus Rotunda Stowe Gardens
Rotunda  Stowe Gofl Course
Venus Rotunda Stowe Golf Course
Venus Rotunda Stowe House

Walking around the grand lake, I came across the Ruin On The Cascade. Apparently, it’s an artificial ruin which fooled me. Either way, this was my favourite place in the whole of Stowe Gardens, House and School. It was like peering through a window into another world.

Ruin on the Cascade  archway
Ruin on the Cascade Stowe Gardens
Ruin on the Cascade Stowe Gardens walk

Another peaceful area of Stowe Gardens are the yellow pavilions across the lake.

Pavilion Stowe Gardens
Yellow pavilon Stowe Gardens
White bench pavilion Stowe Gardens
West Lake Pavilion Stowe Gardens
East Lake Pavilion roof Stowe Gardens
Yellow pavilion roof Stowe Gardens
Pillar pavilion Stowe Gardens
East Lake Pavilion sign
Pavilions path Stowe Gardens
Lake Stowe House
Corinthian Arch bull Stowe Gardens

Walking to an even more remote part of the gardens, I noticed this abandoned Gothic Temple. The architecture is stunning. It also has a wonderful rust red colour suggesting it has been worn by the weather and acid rain for sometime.

Gothic Temple Stowe Gardens Architecture
Gothic Temple Stowe
Gothic Temple Stowe Gardens
Window Gothic Temple Stowe Gardens

As I took photos trying not to disturb the sheep roaming and pooping (lots of it, it was a minefield) around the church, I noticed a window was open. That’s odd I thought. Maybe it’s not abandoned after all… leg it! The Gothic Temple sleeps 4 apparently…

The Temple of British Worthies in the Elysian Fields, designed by William Kent, is a homage to the great thinkers and doers in British History including busts of William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon and Isaac Newton.

Temple of British Worthies, Stowe Gardens
Temple of British Worthies, Stowe School

The day finished with the most wonderful sun setting a bright orange past the Cricket club.

Sun setting Stowe Gardens cricket clubhouse

Here are the rest of the photos from my walk around the landscape gardens.

White bridge Stowe Gardens
Stowe Gardens path
Stowe Gardens and bunting
Thanet Walk Stowe Gardens
Lake Stowe School Gardens
Lake Stowe School Gardens
Lake Stowe Gardens Summer
Lake Stowe Gardens
Pond Corinthian Arch and Pavilions
Lake and pavilion Stowe Gardens
Bench at Stowe Gardens

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