was my local NT playground when I lived in Milton Keynes, being just a short drive away in nearby Buckingham.
These gardens are not the formal laid lawns and flower beds of many other of the stately homes I have visited, but have a much more natural feel, with sheep grazing in meadows. In fact, these gardens were one of the first works of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, who was appointed as Stowe's head gardener at the age of just 24.
The main feature the these gardens are the follies and temples, of which there are 40. My particular favourite is the Temple of British Worthies
, which is the Who's Who of the day (as long as you follow the Whig politics of the family).