A visit to Corsham Court Gardens and Parkland.

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.

A visit to Corsham Court. Oldhouseintheshires. #gardenstovisit
Peacock posing for the camera!

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.

A visit to Corsham Court. Oldhouseintheshires. #gardenstovisit
Such beautiful views across the parklands from the house.

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.

A visit to Corsham Court. Oldhouseintheshires. #gardenvisits
The Bath House

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.

A visit to Corsham Court. Oldhouseintheshires. #gardenvisits

 

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.

The June #MyGloriousGardens linky is live 1st June over at Ann’s.

A visit to Corsham Court gardens and parkland. Oldhouseintheshires. #gardenvisits

16 Comments

  • Such beautiful grounds and a breathtaking home. I can’t even begin to imagine the beautiful art and decor. The peacocks add a bit of whimsy to it. 😊💗

    • It really is a stunning place! I’m not sure I would want the peacocks as they were very noisy! Thanks for stopping by!

  • It is wonderful to visit other gardens from the comfort of my home! This sounds like a special place with lots of inspiring planting. Thank you.

    • Yes, i enjoy reading these posts for that reason Brigid. It’s a lovely place and one that is not really known about?

    • It really is! Lovely place for a wander. X

    • Where abouts are you Jeff? I saw that you linked up! That’s great. This is quite near where I live so I’m very blessed to have such history on my doorstep. X

  • Wow, what a lovely spot! I always enjoy your historical garden posts, Sophie, and agree with you about the peacocks, having grown up with them! While gorgeous to look at, they can create havoc in the garden and a very noisy when disturbed! Hope you are enjoying your break!

    • Hi Jane, yes they are so noisy but they look so pretty. You grew up with them -wow! That must have been something. I’m enjoying a semi break…..I’m only to post my #30daywild challenge and the lovely Ann is hosting the linky so I’m still here just not posting so much in June. X

    • OOh me too Craig. I went to one today actually for a lovely afternoon. They are great for ideas.

    • OOh me too! Thanks for linking this month, lovely. x

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