Grade I listed Parkstead House was designed for the 2nd Earl of Bessborough in the 1760’s by Sir William Chambers – who was also the architect for Somerset House and the Pagoda at Kew Gardens. The Earl commissioned Chambers to design a Palladian style villa to display his classical sculpture collection and to entertain his guests away from the hustle and bustle of central London. Recently part of one of the original temples that stood in the grounds has been restored and rebuilt in the grounds.
In 1860 the site was acquired by the Society of Jesus who renamed the House Manresa. It was during this period that the beautiful chapel was added as well as the imposing Victorian wings forming a large courtyard.
Whitelands College, part of Roehampton University, purchased the site in 2001 and have worked closely with English Heritage to restore the building to its full glory. The College has added new buildings to house lecture theatres, purpose built teaching spaces and en-suite accommodation.
You can now share the pleasure and enjoyment of Parkstead House with its stunning architecture that juxtaposes old and new to create a unique venue available for hire.
Historical tours of the venue can be booked with our archivist. Please contact us for further details.