The Spread Eagle Inn is situated on the Stourhead National Trust Estate. Secluded in its own private valley, Stourhead features one of the world’s finest landscape gardens. The 18th Century Estate centres on the magnificent lake, surround by classical temples, charted grottos and rare and exotic trees. The estate attracts over 500,000 visitors during the year.
Stourton is a village in Wiltshire near Mere and 11 miles from Frome and Warminster, with easy access to the A303, which is the main arterial route from London to the South West. The area is popular with tourists and day trippers, with many stately homes and visitor attractions within a vast catchment area of the Spread Eagle Inn.
This historic Inn dates back to the mid-18th century with the kitchen area having been added at a later date, along with the rear hall and bedrooms at the turn of the 19th century. The Inn retains many fine architectural details including Georgian regency fireplaces, some 18th century door cases and original sash windows.
The walls between the memorial hall and the Inn date from the early 19th century, when the courtyard was created in its present form to service the Inn. The National Trust acquired The Spread Eagle in 1946 when the Stourhead Estate was sold to them by the Hoare family.