For photography courses Wiltshire has Stourhead – arguably the most famous garden in England. If you enjoy landscape gardens it is impossible not to be enchanted by the setting. It was actually made to be enjoyed looking in a frame!
Classes run from 10am until 4:30pm, and we meet in the courtyard by the Spread Eagle pub.
Stourhead House was one of the first two Palladian Houses in the country, and was almost a prototype English Country House. In fact, it was so typical it was used as the model for Lady Penelope’s house in Thunderbirds!
In fact the planned vistas are so gorgeous the main difficulty for students for photography courses at Stourhead is not to take the view the garden architect had planned for them many decades ago. The grotto and various temples are so perfectly set into the naturalistic landscape it’s hard to recognise all the construction that went into the gardens. A village was submerged to make the perfect lake, complete with island and perfect colour-coordinated trees.
Stourhead Gardens are truly idyllic, and have been used in films from Kubrick’s 1975′s Barry Lyndon to 2005′s Pride and Predjudice. We will be working in the Gallery near the Spread Eagle pub and photographing around the lake and temples and grottoes throughout the gardens. Your course price includes admission to the gardens. As well as Summer courses, we also have the best days to capture the Autumn colours – not to be missed! It is a gorgeous place to be even in the depth of winter – with a frozen lake and ice on the temples the shots can be fantastic before retiring to the pub for soup! The plantings are so well done that there is always colour in the landscape at all times of year. We are based in the First View Gallery.
Thanks to the National Trust for allowing us to offer photography courses in Wiltshire at Stourhead.