Walton Hall, Warwickshire
The Walton Hall is a 16th-century country mansion at Walton, near Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, once owned by Lord Field and the entertainer Danny La Rue, now in use as an hotel which is now part of The Hotel Collection. It is a Grade II* listed building.
The Manor of Walton was owned by the Lestrange family from the 15th century. In 1541 Barbara Lestrange, heiress of Walton married Robert Mordaunt. Their son Lestrange Mordaunt was created 1st Baronet Mordaunt in 1611.
In 1858 Sir Charles Mordaunt, 10th Baronet retained architect Sir George Gilbert Scott to design a new mansion house in the Gothic Revival style. The current Walton Hall has been around since the mid 18th Century but it sits on the site of several older manor houses and its cellars date back to Elizabeth I’s time. It was Sir Charles Mordaunt who built the Georgian Manor house that guests stay in today, and the matching chapel where wedding blessings take place. The house was completed in 1862 and became infamous through a divorce scandal involving Sir Charles and his wife Harriet several year later.
The house was restored by Lord Leslie Charles Field in the 1970s and used as a family home. it was then sold to entertainer Danny LaRue who converted it to be used as an hotel. The adjacent 1860s stable block (Grade II listed) is time-share accommodation.
In the Mid 20th century, the property was owned by the M.O.D. and used as a training camp for Army Cadets prior to being sold Lord Field, who restored the main building to be used as a family home.