The Bosherston Lakes, the old Stackpole Court site and Lodge Park Woods form the most complete and famous part of Stackpole’s designed landscape. It’s easy to while away a few hours meandering around this part of Stackpole, imagining what it might have been like back in its heyday.
Stackpole’s not just about beaches; the beautiful estate is also renowned for its grade I listed landscape and is recognised as a National Nature Reserve.
The parkland here was established by the Cawdor family as a scenic backdrop to their grand home, Stackpole Court. Whilst the house might be long gone (it was demolished in 1963), there’s still plenty else to look at, all hinting at the area’s lavish past.
Bosherston Lakes or Lily Ponds as they’re also known, have long been famous for their spectacular display of waterlilies and their resident otters. They’re a great place to visit if you want to do a bit of wildlife watching and have a waterfront wander.
The lakes are actually man-made and the cracks and fissures in the underlying rock mean that water can flow in and out of them fairly freely. They’re supplied by springs fed by a natural underground reservoir, and the water escapes the same way during dry spells.
The Cawdors built Bosherston Lakes between 1780 and 1860 as the focal point of their designed landscape.
Lodge Park Woods
Let your imagination run riot at Lodge Park Woods and admire its fairy tale beauty. The many intricate pathways around this part of the estate are just waiting to be discovered.
There’s a surprise around every corner as the plants and wildlife here are forever changing. Along the way, see if you can spot the summer house, walled garden and ice house… all have a story to tell.
The paths here are pretty level and accessible for wheelchairs and prams, making it a firm favourite with families.
The Cawdors’ grand home, Stackpole Court, was built in 1735 and the family created the designed landscape around the property. Unfortunately, the house eventually fell into disrepair and was demolished in 1963, before the estate came into our care.
Today you can visit the site of Stackpole Court and imagine what life would have been like at this grand country home. Admire the gorgeous scenery, let the kids loose on the expansive lawns and then pop into the old game larder for exhibitions and refreshments.
The designed landscape is accessible all year round and there’s always something new to see. The autumn colour in Stackpole’s woodland is glorious to behold whilst the daffodils and snowdrops are gorgeous in spring. The skeletal silhouettes of Lodge Park Woods’ trees are hauntingly beautiful in winter but the summer months are the best time to see the Bosherston lilies.
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