The pavilions, or pepper pots as they are sometimes known, were used as gate houses for the Oxford entrance and staff accommodation. One of these was the home of Lancelot “Capability” Brown. Capability Brown started working at Stowe as an under-gardener at 24 before working his way up to Head Gardener and going on to design some of the most famous gardens in the world. Although many Head Gardener’s contributed to the overall look of Stowe, the gardens here are often considered one of his finest designs and an example of his natural style. Capability also designed Blenheim Palace’s Italian Garden and Hampton Court Palace Garden.

The right Pavilion is currently an at risk structure, and the National Trust are looking at its future conservation.