The Garden Guide

Stansted Park

The Stansted Park estate began in the 11th century as a hunting lodge in a forest. A great house was built in 1688. After several owners and a disastrous fire in 1900, the present mansion was rebuilt on the 'footprint' of the old house became the home of the Earls of Bessborough in 1924. Today there are 1750 acres of deer park and woodland. There is an arboretum and a Victorian walled garden which has been planted with roses and herbaceous plants.Ivan Hicks designed an exotic Garden in Mind for Standsted, which was later replaced by a yew maze.

Head Gardener's Comment

Arboretum in a stunning setting on the edge of an ancient forest.
Walled gardens currently undergoing restoration. Garden centre open all year round.

Photograph © Stansted Park
Photograph © Stansted Park
Photograph © Stansted Park (Photograph by Mark Fiennes)


In front of the house is the cricket lawn dating back to the 1740s. The longest beech avenue in England, laid out in the 18th century, leads from the house through the forest

Rowlands Castle, Hampshire, England, PO9 6DX

Grounds & Arboretum open all year. Daily 9-5pm Free parking, large Garden Centre & Tea room.

To house & chapel Adult £7.00;concessions £5.00; children £3.50

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