Stansted House is a lovely venue tucked away in Hampshire. We play there often and love taking the beautiful driveway up to the house.
We recently played at the wedding of Paul & Elaine at Stansted House
As you can see from the picture here, Stansted House is a beautiful stately home that looks like something straight out of Pride & Prejudice.
Paul & Elaine asked us to play for both their wedding ceremony itself and then the reception drinks afterwards. They were lucky enough with the weather that reception drinks took place out on the steps on the front of the house (you can see the steps in this picture )
We played a selection of music for the couple – with a special request of Danny Elfman’s “Ice Dance” to be played during the signing of the register. After the ceremony we entertained guests with a variety of music, from the Jeeves & Wooster Theme to Lady Gaga.
We even got our photo taken with Paul & Elaine on the steps of the house!
We stole this bit from Wikipedia
Stansted Park (including Stansted House) is near the city of Chichester, West Sussex, England. It lies within the parish of Stoughton, near the village of Rowlands Castle over the border in Hampshire.
The house began as a hunting lodge in the 11th century. It was built on the present site in 1688 for Richard Lumley, probably to a design by William Talman. The original house was burnt down in 1900, and rebuilt on the exact footprint of the previous building in 1903. The architect was Arthur Conran Blomfield.
It was purchased by Vere Ponsonby, 9th Earl of Bessborough, in 1924. 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. The trust was set up by Frederick Ponsonby, 10th Earl of Bessborough, who died without a male heir in 1993. The history of Stansted Park since the 12th century is told in Lord Bessborough’s book “The Enchanted Forest”.