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Stowe House Photo Tour

Stowe House, one of the great stately homes of England, is set in probably the most influential landscape garden ever created. The house is run as a school, but is now open to visitors. The interior showcases a wonder set of state rooms looking out over the South Vista created by Capability Brown. Chief of the interior rooms is the superb Marble Hall with its conical dome.


Stowe House from Octagon Lake
View of Stowe House across the waters of the Octagon Lake. The house is not part of the Stowe Landscape Garden, but is run as a private school. Though closed to the public for many years, the house is now open for visitors on selected days throughout the year.
Stowe House
Stowe House, from the bottom of the South Vista. The house was erected in 1677, and continuously remodelled by generations of the Temple-Grenville family.
Stowe House, classical entrance portico
The glorious portico over the south entrance. This is to the design of Earl Temple's cousin, Thomas Pitt.
Stowe House, south entrance portico
Another view of the south portico. Imposing, certainly, but yet it carries a sense of elegance, perhaps due to the slenderness of the columns which carry the weight of the pediment.
Stowe House south front
These views of the South Frontage show the house top its best advantage. The architecture is beautifully simple, with classical columns leading to a rooftop parapet.
Stowe House south frontage, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire
The parapet of the south frontage.
Neoclassical medallion, Stowe House, Buckinghamshire
Classical medallions like this one are set into gaps between the columns on the first floor of the south front.
Stowe House, classical columns
The ground level features much simpler decotation, with plain columns. This is a common occurence in classical frontages, to have the lower house simple and decoration become progressively more ornate as it rises to the foofline.
Stowe House, colonnade, south porch
Colonnading and ceiling of the south porch.
Stowe House, frieze, south porch
The interior of the south porch is quite plain compard to the exterior. A frieze with classical motifs runs around the porch - a foretaste, perhaps of what to expect in the interior.
Stowe House, south vista
Looking out through the columns of the south portico, across the Octagon and Eleven Actre Lakes to the Corinthian Arch far in the distance.
Stowe House, North Hall ceiling
Tours of Stowe House start in the North Hall. This is a lofty chamber, with a collection of allegorical painted panels by William Kent depicting classical deities.

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+Attractions +

Some Suggested Buckingham Attractions
Buckingham
Buckingham Chantry Chapel
Old Gaol Museum
Stowe House
Stowe Landscape Gardens

Some Suggested Buckinghamshire Attractions
Amersham
Amersham Museum
Ascott
Aylesbury
Boarstall Duck Decoy
Boarstall Tower
Bradenham
Brill
Broughton, St Lawrence Church
Buckingham
Buckingham Chantry Chapel
Buckinghamshire County Museum and Roald Dahl Childrens Gallery