Home of Alex Thynne, the 4th Marquess of Bath
The long, man-made watercourse, a leat, gives the place its name.
There are two approaches to Longleat. The Longcombe Drive is a serpentine route some two miles in length. If you are of the
gardening school of William Kent and abhor a straight line, you will prefer this approach.
If you lean more toward the noble and formal, enter from the village of Horningsham through Wyatville's lodge and take the
shorter, straight avenue - 2/3 of a mile long.
In the story... Diana is touring the West Country with the family of
. Their first stop is Longleat.
, the Marquess, is 24 and unmarried. He first meets Diana on the
landing of the Grand Staircase. She is admiring the huge painting, the Lion Hunt, by Rubens. Alex is soon smitten and gains a new
enthusiasm for life, which he had been finding wearisome.