Leslie Stephen Room


The Leslie Stephen Room is an attractive and historic room located on the first floor overlooking Front Court.  This light and airy room is popular for dinners for up to 32 guests.

The adjacent Chetwode Room, with it’s wood panelled walls and mahogany furniture, contrasts perfectly with the Leslie Stephen Room and is popular for pre-dinner drinks.

Historical information about the Leslie Stephen Room:

  • This room is named after Sir Leslie Stephen (1832-1904), father of writer Virginia Woolf and artist Vanessa Bell who were both members of The Bloomsbury Group, an influential group of English writers, artists, intellectuals and philosophers.
  • Sir Leslie Stephen studied for both his BA (1854) and MA (1857) at Trinity Hall.  He went on to become a leading essayist in literary criticism and intellectual history and was the first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography.
  • Sir Leslie is said to have inspired his daughter Virginia Woolf’s literary career as well as her love of the great outdoors.


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