Bishopstrow House

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Bishopstrow House
General information
Location Bishopstrow, Wiltshire, England
Coordinates 51°11′52″N 2°8′54″W / 51.19778°N 2.14833°W / 51.19778; -2.14833
Management Von Essen
Design and construction
Architect John Pinch the elder

Bishopstrow House, currently occupied by the Bishopstrow House Hotel, is a late Georgian English country house standing near the B3414 (Salisbury Road) in the parish of Bishopstrow, about a mile east of Warminster, Wiltshire.

History[edit]

A new manor house was built at Bishopstrow in the late 18th century, standing between the Salisbury Road and the River Wylye, but this was destroyed by a fire in 1817. The present-day house was then begun on the northern side of the road, nearer to the escarpment of Salisbury Plain,[1] and was completed by John Pinch the elder in 1821.[2] In 1950 it was bought by Keith Neal, a firearms collector and in 1976 the house was purchased by Kurt Schiller who the next year turned it into a ten-bedroom hotel. It has since been extended to provide more rooms.[1] In 1988 the hotel was bought by the Blandy family, owners of the five-star Reid's Hotel and winery in Madeira.[1] In 1995 it was again sold, and in 2001 it became part of the Von Essen hotels group.[1]

The house is set in grounds of some twenty-seven acres. As of 2001 it boasted twenty-four double bedrooms, six suites, and two family rooms.[3] The River Wylye runs through the grounds, and a summer house and a boat house stand alongside it. The grounds also contain two ancient burial mounds.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "History". www.bishopstrow.co.uk. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget (1975). Wiltshire. Penguin. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Raphael, Caroline and Balmer, Desmond (2001). The Good Hotel Guide 2002. Ebury Press London. p. 293. 

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