London is one of the largest, most industrialized cities in the world. The sheer size of Heathrow Airport could make it a city unto itself in other parts of the world. The streets are windy and confusing, leading drivers to grow angry with each other. The blasting of car horns can be heard at every hour of the day. The cityscape can really drain on you with stress, but Britain has some of the most beautiful natural escapes in the world.
Take the Stourhead estate for example. Walking through the paths and trails of the Wiltshire county gem can make a person feel like they are in another world — a world that is far away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The architecture of Stourhead gives the buildings an ancient Roman feel, as if the empire conquered Britain, built an aristocrat’s house and then fled the land.
But the buildings compliment the surrounding nature. The rolling forest falls into a pond that sits at the base of the main Stourhead building. You can take a stroll around the pond and see the reflection of the building surrounded by scented trees. This place is especially spectacular to visit in the fall when the leaves are changing colour. It makes the reflective pond that much more beautiful.
Wiltshire County is known for its beautiful gardens and the county sits an hour’s drive away. Escaping the city has never been so easy or rewarding, especially at places Bowood House. This garden feels like it was commissioned by a King. The ornamental garden is cut up neatly into terraces; terraces that act like steps up the hill that the estate is built upon. But the most breath-taking feature of the Bowood Estate is not manmade. It is a spring’s waterfall that pours out of a hill and into a pond at the base of the hill. Hotels in Swindon, a small town in the middle of Wiltshire, serve garden explorers by being right in the centre of all the action.