Discover - Stonor

Stonor Park has
been the Stonor
family’s residence
for 850 years.

Making it one of the oldest family homes still lived in today. When you visit, you will see why. It’s beautiful. Our historic building and sweeping grounds are breathtaking. And our family collection of art and artefacts is extraordinary. It’s fascinating. You can view the work of St. Edmund Campion, created when he was given refuge here in 1581. And outside sits our oldest resident: a perfectly preserved prehistoric stone circle.

The House


Welcome to Stonor which has been the Stonor family home for more than eight centuries. The house stands near the site of a pagan stone circle that is said to be 4-5,000 years old. Our ancestors gradually built the house and chapel between 1200 and 1600.

The Chapel


The history of the Chapel at Stonor is one of the most remarkable of any chapel in Great Britain. It was built in the late 13th century by the Stonor family, who have owned it ever since, and it has remained Catholic, in spite of 250 years of persecution following the Reformation.

Park & Gardens


Visitors will love the serenity of the Renaissance ponds and fountains of our delightful 17th Century Italianate Pleasure Garden. Wander amongst the ancient yews, clipped box hedges and abundant plants and flowers.



Stonor is home to one of the oldest herds of deer in Britain. Always nearby though often elusive, our graceful fallow deer have grazed the park since medieval times when the fragrant, thyme-flavoured Stonor Venison was much prized at court.



The Stonors took their name from the stony hill on which they built their house and chapel, and they have been inextricably linked ever since. It is a story of continuity of family, faith and place that reflects the history of Catholicism in England from before the reformation, through the persecution of the Recusancy period.