Stephens House & Gardens

Stephens House & Gardens

Stephens House

Need some peace and quiet?

Find serenity in the grounds of this Grade ll listed house and finely-pruned gardens, gifted to the people by Henry Charles 'Inky' Stephens.

Henry Charles ‘Inky’ Stephens was the son and heir to the famous Stephens’ Ink company – founded on an indelible blue-black writing fluid, invented by his father (also, confusingly called [Dr] Henry Stephens).

Stephens House and Gardens (newly named in 2014) comprises of Avenue House, gardens and a boutique museum (with artifacts telling Inky’s life story). The property was purchased by Inky in 1874 and he soon set about making his indelible mark – bringing in renowned landscaper Robert Marnock to design the garden in his signature ‘Gardenesque’ style.

Inky Stephens

Gifted to the people

When Stephens died, he left the house and grounds to ‘the people’ and today you can enjoy the gardens (7am-8pm seven days a week), the museum (2pm-4.30pm Tue-Thur), the house (9am-5pm Mon-Fri, but by arrangement only) and Bothy Gardens (10am-1pm Fridays only, but look out for their Open Sundays on the events page, under the What’s On section of the site, where the ‘bothy gardeners’ open the grounds one Sunday of every month). It’s best to double-check for any variations before you visit here

For those into dendrology (the study of trees) the garden also boasts a rare and unique collection of trees, a full list of which can be seen here

With 10 acres (the equivalent of 7,5 football fields) of grounds to explore, including a pond and playground – and with bikes and dogs allowed (see here) Stephens House and Gardens is a perfectly chilled, family-friendly destination.

Nearest tube: Finchley Central (on the High Barnet branch of the Northern [black] line)

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