A Grade ll listed house with extensive landscaped gardens, gifted for the use and enjoyment of the people by Henry Charles 'Inky' Stephens of the Stephens' Ink Company.

Visitor guidance


Dogs are permitted in the grounds but their handlers must observe the following regulations.

1     Dogs must be under supervision and proper control, and must not cause a nuisance to other people or any creature.

2     Dogs must be kept on a fixed length lead (max 2 metres) on the paths surrounding the lower green and on the terrace.   Long, extendable or retractable leads must not be used.

3     Dogs are not permitted on the lower green, in the children’s playground or in the pond.

4     The person in charge of a dog must immediately clear up any dog faeces, and deposit the waste in the special bins provided for that purpose. They must not use the ordinary litter bins.

Only assistance dogs  are allowed inside the House. All other dogs are strictly forbidden.

Copies of Barnet Borough Bye Laws on Dogs can be downloaded from this page.


Bicycles or similar non power-driven vehicles may be ridden on level metalled paths only, apart from:

The west path from the Avenue Entrance to the Terrace entrance, including the terrace, and the south path from (and including) the terrace past the rear of the stables as far as the path entrance from the stable yard.

Please do not ride bicycles on lawns or through planted areas.

Picnics on the Lower Lawn

Whilst we are happy for people to have picnics and parties in certain areas of the Gardens, on a couple of recent occasions we felt that our hospitality had been somewhat abused.  As a result, the Trustees have agreed to two slight alterations to the Rules for the gardens, namely:

•             that no-one may erect tents in the gardens without prior consent, and

•             that we may prohibit the holding of parties on the lower lawn.

The second rule is at the discretion of the management, a large party could disturb those holding an event in the House and on the terrace; such events are essential to us to bring in the funds we need to keep the gardens open and in good condition.  Of course we are happy for your picnic to take place on the middle or upper greens.  Please note that occasionally the lower green is closed when it is hired for an event, in which case we fence off the hired area. The terrace next to the house is not available for picnics and parties.

Can we please ask anyone who has a picnic not only to clear up their litter (which most people willingly do), but also to take it away with them.  Black bags  left piled up by litter bins encourages the birds or the foxes to make an awful mess that either our staff or our volunteers then have to clear up, which is not fair on them.

Please note that there are toilets available for public use within the Stables during the hours that the cafe is open to the public, toilets in the house are only available to those attending events within the house.



Home of 'Inky' Stephens

17 East End Road,
Finchley, London N3 3QE
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