Corsham Court is a privately owned house and gardens in the pretty little town of Corsham in Wiltshire. It is owned by the Meuthen family and has done since 1747 although the house is much older in parts. It has gardens and parklands designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown which sweep around the property and go on for 350 acres. A visit was in order to see the formal gardens, enjoy the parklands and visit the house which displays an extensive art collection. We visited on the May bank holiday but it was not busy. It’s the sort of place that you could visit for half a day and either enjoy wandering around Corsham visiting the Alms houses and school room or combine it with a visit to nearby Lacock.
Peacocks and Art at Corsham Court
When you arrive at Corsham Court you are welcomed by several peacocks that screech and cry, displaying their amazing coloured tails. The house itself is stunningly beautiful with it’s symmetrical Palladian frontage and front lawn. Inside, you are directed to pay and then are welcome to wander the corridors and rooms admiring the art. Now, I’m not an expert but Corsham Court has quite a collection including ‘The betrayal of Christ’ by van Dyck and Two coastal scenes by Salvator Rosa. Even if you are not a lover of art, it’s worth walking around the house to get a feel for the place.
Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown
XThe gardens were designed by Capability Brown in 1760 having been commissioned by Paul Meuthen. The naturalisation that we enjoy today is a product of his landscaping movement that swept away the more formal, ornamental gardens. He created a haha wall around the property looking out on great vistas that stretched into the distance. He planted numerous trees which today are huge specimens in a beautiful parkland with a lake and he created a bath house which is still there today.
Formal Gardens at Corsham Court
SCThe formal gardens stretch for 17 acres to the front and rear of the property. They have large herbaceous borders, climbing plants on the walls and a very Victorian feel to them. There is an old rose garden with box hedging which is being restored and a beautiful wisteria that spans the entire wall and is growing into the trees. In the centre, we found a pool with a fountain surrounded by mature magnolia trees which would be stunning in April when in flower.
The Bath House and Views
The gothic bath house is worth a visit as you wander through the formal gardens and out into a young arboretum. There are also beautiful views into the parkland from here. We walked into the parkland walking the ‘North walk’ which took about an hour. This was a beautiful walk with lots of dog walkers and children enjoying the lovely weather.
Corsham Court is a stunning place to visit and I would recommend it for a relaxing day out. The town of Corsham is somewhere to get a bite to eat and if you recognise it, it’s because ‘Poldark’ was filmed there.
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