Overview

Grade II* Georgian House which is closed to the public but available for private hire.

Set in fifteen acres of parkland with original Georgian and Victorian features including a large lake, mausoleum, grotto and sham bridge.

The gardens are open to the public free of charge.


Today
Today’s opening hours

Grounds only: every day, during daylight hours.

House closed to the public but available for private hire.

Opening
Opening

2020

Grounds only: every day, during daylight hours.

House closed to the public but available for private hire.

Appointment

Grove House is an event venue. The gardens are open to visitors for free.

Find Us
Find us

Located on Roehampton Lane between the A3 and South Circular. The property is adjacent to Richmond Park.

A 20 minute walk from Barnes Station, or you can take the 72 bus from Hammersmith Broadway tube station - alight at Queen Mary's Hospital.

 

Parking

No parking available.

Admission
Admission

Grove House is an event venue. The gardens are open to visitors for free.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Weddings

The property itself offers elegant Georgian interiors for both civil ceremonies and receptions with many of the original features still on display.

The lawn area and rose gardens are a perfect setting for welcome drinks and with four acres of grounds, there are plenty of backdrops for your photographer to capture your special day.

If you have guests who would like to stay in the area we can offer accommodation in our conference centre, a short 5 minute walk around the lake.

Civil ceremonies

The Portrait Room is licensed for up to 150 guests. It has a  grand fireplace and floor to ceiling windows. The Terrace Room backs onto a covered terrace overlooking our charming gardens and is licensed for up to 60 guests.

Receptions 

We can accommodate a variety of wedding party sizes, seating up to 150 persons for a dinner and an additional 50 guests in the evening.


Today
Today’s opening hours

Grounds only: every day, during daylight hours.

House closed to the public but available for private hire.

Opening
Opening

2020

Grounds only: every day, during daylight hours.

House closed to the public but available for private hire.

Appointment

Grove House is an event venue. The gardens are open to visitors for free.

Find Us
Find us

Located on Roehampton Lane between the A3 and South Circular. The property is adjacent to Richmond Park.

A 20 minute walk from Barnes Station, or you can take the 72 bus from Hammersmith Broadway tube station - alight at Queen Mary's Hospital.

 

Parking

No parking available.

Admission
Admission

Grove House is an event venue. The gardens are open to visitors for free.

Other opening

For more information or to make an enquiry at Grove House contact 020 8392 3505 or email grovehouse@roehampton.ac.uk


Grove House's history and features

With tales of Parisian ballet dancers, winter ice-skating parties and cascading waterfalls, Grove House has a rich history.

From 1622 until circa 1790 Roehampton Great House stood on the site of Grove House and was the second largest house in Surrey. In the eighteenth century fashions were changing and what the very rich wanted near London was a moderate-sized villa with pleasure grounds rather than a vast mansion and park. Somewhere between 1779 and 1793 the Great House was demolished and Grove House, designed by James Wyatt for Joshua Vanneck, was built.

After numerous changes in ownership, the estate was inherited by Stephens Lyne in 1851. Stephens lived at Grove House with his wife Yolande Duvernay, a Parisian ballet dancer. On Stephen’s death in 1860, Yolande commemorated her husband by building a Romanesque mausoleum in the grounds which was consecrated by the Bishop of London in 1864. Yolande was buried there in 1894 and the enclosed grounds contain the graves of the Claremont family who cared for Yolande after Stephen’s death.

The central feature of the landscape is the lake which dates back to the Great House. The bridge to the lake is an exquisite folly, contemporary to Grove House and consists of a stone balustrade with three arches and Coade-stone urns. The lake freezes in the winter and the College archive hold accounts of skating parties at the end of the 19th century and ice hockey matches played out between the Royal Flying Corps, who were stationed at Grove House, in World War One. Within the grounds is a curious man-made grotto, behind which is an icehouse. Known as ‘Rooks Grotto’, and built somewhere between 1895 and 1912, it included pathways, caverns and cascading waterfalls. The icehouse was rediscovered in 1998 behind a bricked-up door and although no date can be fixed to its construction, it probably dates to the late 18th Century.

In 1921 Dr Claude Montefiore bought Grove House for £29,750 on behalf of the Froebel Educational Institute for Froebel College.