Fundraising Events

July 15 2021

stavordale priory gardens open garden afternoon



Stavordale Priory Gardens will be opening exclusively in aid of Horatio’s Garden on Thursday 15th July from 2pm – 5pm. 

Described as a romantic garden bearing extraordinary atmosphere and great horticultural passion, we’re delighted to be offering you the incredible opportunity to visit this rarely opened private garden by special invitation of the owner. 

As well as being able to appreciate the breathtaking gardens, traditional afternoon tea will be served to all guests during the visit. 
These tickets cost £95* each. 

There will also be the additional opportunity for six guests to stay afterwards to enjoy Champagne Cocktails in the 
Les Misérables Elephant (see below for more information) in the early evening from 5pm – 6pm.
These special tickets cost £150* each.


PLEASE NOTE: In light of Coronavirus restrictions remaining in place, you will either be asked to arrive at 2pm or 2:15pm. We will email you to let you know your allocated arrival time ahead of the event.


About Stavordale Priory Gardens 

Stavordale Priory is a Grade I listed building, first built as a priory of the Augustinian canons in the 13th century. It was then converted into a private residence after the suppression of the monastery in 1538 and became a farm for three centuries, before being subsequently transformed into a gentrified Edwardian residence. It has now been the home of Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Michael Le Poer Trench Esq for over 25 years. 

The gardens were originally landscaped by the priory’s previous owner, Georgia Langton, and have now been developed and extended by Michael and his team. Since acquiring the historic property, they have collaborated to create an enchanting garden, which features topiary, stone walls, and elegant ‘tapestry-style’ planting.  

Beds overflow with richly coloured perennials, whilst structure is lent by tightly clipped box and topiary yews. Meanwhile, the vegetable garden is fecund with fruit and flowers, whilst Michael’s birthday arboretum leads to the Les Misérables Elephant, through a woodland grove and onto a series of ponds and lakes.

The Elephant was created for the film set of Les Misérables and is a model of The Elephant of the Bastille, which was a monument in Paris existing between 1813 and 1846. Originally conceived in 1808 by Napoleon, the colossal statue was intended to be created out of bronze and placed in the Place de la Bastille. However, eventually only a plaster full-scale model was built. 



Please note that due to the exceptional nature and quality of the gardens at Stavordale Priory, you must be aware of and adhere to the following restrictions throughout your visit. 

No Phones – All phones must be turned off and kept in pockets or bags.

No Photographs – Please respect the privacy of the owners.

Don’t Touch – Please do not touch the topiary box as this can spread disease.

No Umbrellas – These can damage the gardens.


NB: Ticket price excludes Eventbrite booking fee. 

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