Stonor Park is a historically fascinating, privately owned stately home. Visitors can enjoy beautiful interiors, a lovely café, sweeping gardens, and a huge adventure playground for children.
The privately-owned Stonor Park has been the home of the Stonor family for 850 years. Recently listed as number seven on Visit Britain’s list of the Top 25 Most Magnificent Stately Homes, it’s made up of a collection of much older buildings, dating back to the medieval period. Thanks to the family’s controversial Catholic faith, the house’s history has often been turbulent — but that makes it all the more interesting. Architectural highlights include the grand Gothic revival hall, the 17th-century library, a vibrant café located in the 13th-century hall, and a dramatic long gallery.
As well as formal Italianate pleasure gardens, Stonor boasts an old kitchen garden and many acres of sweeping parkland. There, you might spot fallow deer grazing by centuries-old beech and ash trees.
Little ones will be thrilled with the recently opened Tumblestone Hollow: a magical adventure playground (that cost a whopping £250,000) inspired by an ancient stone circle within the Park grounds. There are climbing nets, high bridges, look-out decks, a tall tower, and a Hollow Hut café that offers hot drinks and wood fired pizzas.
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