For those who like the idea of a country escape with all the benefits of city life, this Palladian mansion provides the best of both worlds, with the added bonus of dreamy country grounds through which the River Norr flows.
Built in 1740, this Grade I listed property lies within a classical landscape setting created by gardener Humphry Repton – look out for the 18th century ice house, ruined grotto fountain, Palladian bridges, a number of wells and a plunge pool dotted amongst the grounds. Elsewhere in the grounds the Victorian kitchen garden continues to produce fresh fare for the table. The interiors benefited from a sympathetic restoration in the 1960s to reflect the building’s grand past – as well as the four poster beds and fine views sit the latest technology at the fingertips. If you seek more seclusion, check into The Gardener’s Cottage, hidden away in the grounds.
Ston Easton Park
Near Bath, Somerset