Something for all interests at stately home and park

GRAND Stansted House
GRAND Stansted House

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One of the south coast’s most beautiful and interesting stately homes, Stansted Park near Rowlands Castle, will no doubt be familiar to many readers.

Our aim as The Friends of Stansted is supporting the estate in maintaining the high standards that make it such a popular venue.

Stansted Park is widely recognised as a haven of great peace and beauty, and the Friends play a real part promoting its use for recreational and educational purposes. A visit to Stansted offers wonderful opportunities for adults and children.

Significant contributions have been made to restore the Victorian Dutch Garden, which was opened by Alan Titchmarsh in 2006.

The family collection of furniture and works of art remain here to this day, and the servants’ quarters offer a fascinating insight into an accurate Edwardian environment.

Conservation is also paramount for the unique chapel window, one of Stansted’s treasures, which inspired the poet John Keats to write some of his finest verse.

Alongside the mansion and chapel, visitors can enjoy the Stansted Park Light Railway, the recently opened maze and fantastic garden centre.

The farm shop specialises in fresh local food, a Sudzfun Soap Shack and a pottery studio, open at weekends.

The grounds play host to many events, such as weddings, open-air theatre, concerts and cricket matches, which have been played at Stansted since the 1740s.

It has also been suggested that no visit would be complete without experiencing the beautifully restored Victorian tearooms.

Whatever your interests, Stansted Park is a great place to visit.

Call (023) 9241 2265.