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Temple folly in the magical grounds of Stowe
Built in 1741, in the manicured landscape gardens of Stowe, this James Gibb designed temple is dedicated “to the Liberty of our Ancestors”, for which the Gothic style was deemed appropriate. Inside, the rooms are all circular, with moulded stone pilasters and plaster vaults – the main vault of the central space being gorgeously painted with heraldry.
To be on the first floor gallery is an important architectural experience; and at the top of the staircase there is a belvedere with stone seats and a fine view over this former demesne of Lord Cobham and his successors, of which the National Trust is now guardian.
I’m glad the Gothic Temple exists, so ordinary people can stay in places as extraordinary as this
It has proved to the children that the world does not come to an end when there is no telly
The Gothic Temple is self-catering accommodation which can sleep up to 4 guests in 2 double bedrooms. Disabled access is limited.
Open grounds, garden or terrace
Surprisingly there are modern conveniences if in rather surprising places, but the heating has to work hard to be noticed. Wrap up well in all but high summer.
All Landmark Trust properties have bedding, linen and towels provided and the kitchens are fully equipped to cater for the number of people the building sleeps plus two visitors. As a matter of philosophy, they do not provide televisions or telephones.
Stowe is considered as one of the finest landscape gardens in the world. Staying at the temple will offer ample time to explore the endless walks and trails with their stunning backdrop of valleys and lakes. Discover the meanings behind the follies and monuments that lie hidden away, waiting for you to find them and take tea in the National Trust tea-room. Nearby is the historic town of Buckingham with its enchanting Georgian buildings and lively markets while Silverstone with its exciting track is a short drive away.