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Painshill Park (Painshill House)

  • Earlier Houses: There was an earlier house on a different site (near the stables).

    Built / Designed For: Benjamin Bond-Hopkins

    House & Family History: The house has been converted into flats and is in separate ownership from the garden.

    Comments: The 20th and 21st century garden restoration is considered one of the finest examples of garden conservation in Europe.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The grounds at Painshill were created by Charles Hamilton between 1738 and 1773 (Hamilton was William Beckford's great uncle). The gardens were conceived and laid out as pleasure grounds for fashionable 18th century society and contain a 14-acre lake fed from the river by a large waterwheel, a grotto, the Chinese Bridge, a ruined abbey, Robert Adam's Temple of Bacchus (1761), the mausoleum, the castellated tower, the Turkish Tent, and a vineyard. Painshill is today considered one of Europe's finest 18th century landscape gardens.

  • Architect: Richard Jupp

    Date: 1778
    Designed: House for Benjamin Bond-Hopkins
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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    Architect: Decimus Burton

    Date: 1831-32
    Designed: Conservatory (demolished) and wings for Sir William H. Cooper

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    Architect: Joseph Lane

    Designed: Grotto on island of Pleasure Grounds

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    Architect: Charles Hamilton

    Date: 1738-73
    Designed: Park for himself

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    Architect: Robert Adam

    Date: 1761
    Designed: Temple of Bacchus (demolished) for Charles Hamilton

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. I, p. 217, 1852.

    John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. I, 1824.

    Country Life: CXXIII, 18, 1958. Dec 13, 1979.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pgs. 51, 202
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: William Beckford, 1760-1844: An Eye for the Magnificent
    Author: Ostergard, Derek E. (Editor)
    Year Published: 2001
    Reference: pg. 136
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300090684
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Gardens of England and Wales Open for Charity, 2000 (The Yellow Book)
    Author: The National Gardens Scheme
    Year Published: 2000
    Publisher: Surrey: National Gardens Scheme
    ISBN: 0900558326
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: William Beckford: Composing for Mozart
    Author: Mowl, Timothy
    Year Published: 1998
    Publisher: London: John Murray
    ISBN: 0719558298
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: No Voice From the Hall: Early Memories of a Country House Snooper
    Author: Harris, John
    Year Published: 1998
    Publisher: London: John Murray
    ISBN: 0719555671
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade I

  • "Wings of the Dove" (1997). "A Short Stay in Switzerland" (2009 - TV). "Trinity" (2009 - TV series, as Bridgeford University grounds). "Dorian Gray" (2009). "Bridgerton" (2020-24 - TV series, for garden scenes).
  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Charles Hamilton, 1738-73. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Benjamin Bond-Hopkins, 1778-94. Eobert Hibbert, 1795-99. William Moffat, 1799-1803. General Henry Lawes Luttrell, 2nd Earl of Carhampton, and his widow, 1804-31. Sir William and Lady Cooper, 1831-71. Charles J. Leaf, from 1871.

    Current Ownership Type: Preservation Organization

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

    Ownership Details: The gardens have been owned by Elmbridge Borough Council since 1980; they are leased to and managed by Painshill Park Trust. Painshill House is owned separately and has been divided into flats.

  • House Open to Public: Grounds Only

    Phone: 01932-868-113

    Fax: 01932-868-001

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: https://www.painshill.co.uk/

    Awards: Europa Nostra Award

    Historic Houses Member: Yes