There has been a long history of business and commerce in and around the village, dating back to the brickworks and iron foundry during Victorian times. Please refer to Businesses of the Past for more information.
Today, Rowlands Castle is currently home to a large number of thriving businesses, in the village and on the Stansted Estate. So many in fact, that they have been divided into four categories – Stansted Businesses (on this page), Hospitality, Services and Shops.
Part of a family run garden centre group, Stansted Park Garden Centre offers something different. They still focus on plants and gardening and are passionate about great customer service, but also try to support local suppliers who offer fantastic products allowing our garden centre to be your local garden centre.
The other garden centre in the group is Mappleborough Green Garden Centre in Studley, Warwickshire. Both Garden Centres are owned by Paul Richards and Tim Mason. The Stansted Park Garden Centre has everything you would expect for your garden – plants, tools, bird food and outdoor living furniture but also has a Pet Centre, Fine Food area and Restaurant. Website: Stansted Park Garden Centre
The Pavilion Tearoom
Hidden within 1800 acres of ancient woodland on the Hampshire and West Sussex border, Stansted Park, with its stunning stately home and forest, is a wonderful setting for family and friends to gather. In the heart of The Walled Garden is a beautifully restored Victorian glass house, which now houses The Pavilion Tearoom.
The Tearoom is open seven days a week and serves breakfast items from 9-11am. A delicious range of lunches is available with daily specials and the Pavilion Clotted Cream Tea is a special treat, with homemade scones fresh from the oven every morning. Website: Pavilion Tearoom
Sam Edden and Fred Duncannon started Stansted Park Farm Shop in 2012 in the old estate stables. In 2017 they moved into their new bespoke barn with room for a butchery, deli and kitchen.
They had both moved back to the area with their families at about the same time, Sam from Brighton and Fred from London. Frustrated with being unable to source local fish, game and produce, they set about starting a new farm shop when a lease came up at Stansted Park. They quickly realized that the existing shop was not big enough and asked the Stansted Park Foundation for larger premises. After three years of planning the Foundation built the wonderful new bespoke barn, across the courtyard from our old shop. The wood-beamed building uses Douglas fir timber from the estate that was planted in 1946 by the Women’s Land Army.
The farm shop now contains a shop, butchery and kitchen. It has become a showcase for local excellence as it stocks over 100 local Sussex and Hampshire producers with hundreds of products. Their two master butchers use local, grass-fed beef, lamb and South Downs Pork as well as venison from the Estate, along with free-range chicken and game, for joints, steaks, homemade sausages and more, while the deli counter stocks local, award-winning cheeses, charcuterie, homemade pies, sausage rolls and enormous choc chip cookies. They cater for events with BBQ and wood-fired pizzas. Website: Stansted Farm Shop
AVS Havant is situated at the old 19th century sawmill in Stansted Park and is surrounded by the estate’s natural beauty and wildlife. The friendly, knowledgeable team are happy to help with all your fencing and landscaping projects. They offer a bespoke close board fencing panel service and manufacture unique planters made from recycled materials. They invite you to pay them a visit – enjoy a coffee, see their display garden and discuss your next project. Website: AVS Fencing
Nestled inside Stansted Park, Holme Farm is a small, diversified farm, owned and run by the Gradidge family since 1983. Prior to this, the family had been dairy farming for several generations in the Hampshire/Wiltshire borders. They moved to Holme Farm to fulfil Grandad Gerald’s dream of becoming an arable farmer.
Michael Gradidge farmed alongside his father Gerald for about 30 years. He now works with his son Chris and daughter Heather who are continuing the family business. Holme Farm now offers DIY Livery facilities and sells its high-quality hay and straw. Website: Holme Farm