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Location within Berkshire
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Sir John Soane|
Wokefield Park is an 18th-century country house, now an events venue with golf course, spa, high ropes course and many other facilities, situated in the parish of Wokefield, near Mortimer, in the English county of Berkshire.
Wokefield Park seems to have been built for the Brocas family sometime before 1777 when they acquired the property. Sir John Soane made alterations in the early 19th century onwards. However, the cellars have vaulting which may date from the time of the Treasurer of the Middle Temple, Edmund Plowden, who bought the house in 1569. Later owners included George Palmer MP who co-founded Huntley & Palmers.
In 1936 the house became St. Benedict's Approved School. Extensive additional building work took place to add staff housing, workshops and a chapel in the house.
Wokefield Park is currently owned by De Vere Group and operates under its Venues portfolio. The historic Mansion house is used as a conference centre and events venue and is frequented by such clients as KPMG, BMW/MINI while also being a popular wedding venue. The Mansion house has 87 bedrooms & is the premium residential building of the 5 on site. What was once the farm servicing the Mansion, is now the purpose built Executive Centre, the building started life as a small number of bedrooms built as overflow accommodation for British Airways, in the 1980s. The building now has 222 bedrooms and 30 conference, training and event suites. Adjacent to the Mansion House is the UK BMW Training Academy, a purpose-built training centre for BMW employees throughout the UK. Wellington Lodge is a separate block of 40 bedrooms adjacent to the BMW Academy. Ivy cottage sits between the Mansion House & BMW Academy and while housing a small number of bedrooms, is rarely utilised. The building is one of the staff houses from the time of St Benedict's, the last remaining as others were demolished to make way for the development of the site.
Wokefield Park is surrounded by an 18 hole golf course, with driving range, designed by Jonathan Gaunt in 1996. The Mansion House building houses a small gym. The Executive centre has a larger gym, with swimming pool and sauna, this building also houses the Nintendo lounge an area with the latest Nintendo products free for public use. Outside there is crazy golf. A number of other outdoor attractions are operated in partnership with Unique Outdoors Ltd, these include, a high and low ropes course, laser tag, archery & Segway tours.
The house is large and symmetrical, with a three-storey central block, linked to side wings by two-storey sections. Both frontages total thirteen bays. It has facade of Roman cement with raised quoins and cornice, all topped by balustrading and a slate roof. On the northern entrance front is a single-storey Doric portico of stone and, on the southern front, a smaller version. The interior has contemporary fireplaces, moulded plaster ceilings, wood panelling and early 18th century twisted baluster stairs.
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