Stansted House Summary
- Address: Stansted Park, Rowland's Castle, PO9 6DX (Map)
- Tel: +44 (0)23 9241 2265
- Fax: +44 (0)23 9241 3773
- Owner: Stansted Park Foundation
- Administrator: House & Events Manager
- E-mail: Click here to contact
- Website: Go to the Stansted House website
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 - 2012
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 - 2012
- 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
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.
Sharon Perrett (10 April 2010)
I am a local living in Havant so just a few minutes drive away for me. I love visiting and enjoying the grounds, I love the collection of trees and love stroking the smooth and colourful bark. The trees are nicely labeled and I love taking photos of all the trees and wonderful flowers so I find it great to be able to photograph the labels for future reference at home. I am a lover of the Dutch garden especially and I enjoy a cup of coffee and slice of cake there while watching the hive of activity from the insects and butterflies as the go about the garden, I also like to watch the little wren gathering twigs for it's nest. I highly recommend this as a not to miss wonderful day out.
Additional Info for Stansted House
- Disabled Access
- Meals Available
- Car Parking
- Historic Houses Association
Credit Cards Accepted
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