Built in 1820, the house was owned by the Lyons family before passing on to Sir Frederick Stern in 1909 who created the famous gardens behind it.

In 1980 after being in council hands for some years it was bought by the Chapman Group and is best remembered for as the setting for Sterns Nightclub in 1991. Different styles of music was played separate rooms which included an underground bunker set in a hill in front of the house. After changing to the Mansion House club it finally closed in 1998.

Since then it has become a family based eatery, bar and hotel.