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Stansted House

Stansted House Summary


Stansted House Description

Stansted began as a hunting lodge in the 11th century, and has seen a succession of interesting owners and many royal and distinguished visitors over the centuries. It was built on the present site in 1688 for Richard Lumley, probably to a design by William Talman.

This house, heavily altered and extended over the next two centuries by its various owners, was burnt down in 1900 and rebuilt, on the exact footprint of the previous building in 1903. It was purchased by the Bessborough family in 1924 and enjoyed by the families of the 9th and 10th Earls throughout their lifetimes. The history of Stansted Park since the 12th century is told in Lord Bessborough's book "The Enchanted Forest" available from the House.

Since 1983 the House and Estate have been owned by Stansted Park Foundation, a charitable trust charged with the preservation of the estate for the benefit of the nation, which was the wish of the last owner, Frederick, 10th Earl of Bessborough.

Weddings, Functions and Corporate Hospitality

Stansted is the ultimate in style and elegance - the place for a magical wedding. Away from all the rush and bustle of modern life, couples can enjoy a day in the grandeur of a bygone era. And behind the scenes, their staff know how to make the fairy-tale come true.

The house specialises in wedding ceremonies and receptions, private parties, corporate hospitality events plus conferences, meetings, seminars, presentations, product launches, lectures, demonstrations, activity days, clay shooting, wine tasting, fashion shows, location photography, filming and so much more.

For further information, and details of the various rooms that can be used for functions, do visit their Website.

Opening Times

House and Chapel:

  • April - May: Sundays & Bank Holidays, 1 - 5 pm
  • June - September on Sundays - Wednesdays, 1 - 5 pm

Last admission at 4 pm


  • February - October: Weekends and School Holidays, 11 am - 4 pm


  • All year, restricted access on Saturdays and during events

Tea Room and Garden Centre:

  • Open all year, daily

Admission Prices

  • Adult - £7.00
  • Child (3-15 years) - £3.50
  • Seniors/Students - £6.00
  • Family - £18.00

Groups Welcome (10+) - Contact for details

Your Reviews of Stansted House

Jean Ward (12 March 2014)

I have visited Stansted House three time since I was evacuated out there in 1941. Services House in Southsea was a home for children whose fathers were in the navy and whose Mothers had died. We lived in the servants quarters and had happy times there except when my young sister died and was buried in Forestside Cemetery. It was with great delight when my other sister and I had a tour round "The big house" as we called it, in later years. I have bought books there relating to the history of Stansted House including how Lord and Lady Bessborough came to be there. It has always saddened me that there has never been any mention of "Services House" in any of the books I have bought whilst visiting there. Had it not been for the kindness of Lord and Lady Bessborough allowing us to live there during the Second World War we might have all been killed. Stansted House is a beautiful House and I hope all the visitors have enjoyed it as much as I have. Jean Ward

Stephen Littlewood (13 December 2011)

We enjoy coming back to the UK, as we live in Tenerife and like to visit historic properties. Stansted is a charming period house with extremely large grounds. We even watched a local cricket match for a while, yes and it was a beautiful sunny day as well. I found the most interesting part of the house, was downstairs, where the servants worked and lived. It certainly gives you a totally different perspective on how the working class lived in those days, but I must admit, the staff at Stansted House seemed to be taken care of extremely well. If you are in the area, it's well worth a visit and highly recommended.

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Additional Info for Stansted House

  • YesParks
  • YesGardens
  • YesPlaygrounds
  • YesWeddings
  • YesDisabled Access
  • YesEducation
  • YesRefreshments
  • YesPicnics
  • YesGuides
  • YesMeals Available
  • YesFilming
  • YesCar Parking

Heritage Groups

  • YesHistoric Houses Association

Credit Cards Accepted

  • YesMastercard
  • YesVisa

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