Bishopstrow House

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Bishopstrow House
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Bishopstrow House is located in Wiltshire
Bishopstrow House
General information
LocationBishopstrow, Wiltshire, England
Coordinates51°11′52″N 2°8′54″W / 51.19778°N 2.14833°W / 51.19778; -2.14833Coordinates: 51°11′52″N 2°8′54″W / 51.19778°N 2.14833°W / 51.19778; -2.14833
ManagementLongleat Hotel Group
Design and construction
ArchitectJohn 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 manor house was built at Bishopstrow in the late 18th century, between the Salisbury road and the River Wylye, but this was destroyed by fire in 1817. The present-day house was then begun on the north side of the road, nearer to the escarpment of Salisbury Plain,[1] and was completed by John Pinch the elder in 1821.[2][3] The gardens of the earlier house were retained and are linked to the new site by a tunnel under the road.[4]

In 1950 the house was bought by W. Keith Neal, a firearms collector, and in 1976 it 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; in 2001 it became part of the Von Essen hotels group, and in 2011 part of the Longleat Hotel Group.[1] In 2018, the hotel was bought by Frank Mountain's Versant Developments.[5]

The house is set in grounds of some twenty-seven acres. As of 2001 it had twenty-four double bedrooms, six suites, and two family rooms.[6] The River Wylye runs through the grounds, and a summerhouse[7] and a boathouse[8] stand alongside it. The grounds also contain two ancient burial mounds: a long barrow[9] and a bowl barrow.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "History". www.bishopstrow.co.uk. Archived from the original on 17 April 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Bishopstrow House Hotel (1364375)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  3. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget (1975). Wiltshire. Penguin. p. 118. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Tunnel in grounds of Bishopstrow House (1036338)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  5. ^ Pantall, Amy (9 March 2018). "New owner of hotel discusses ideas for the future". Wiltshire Times. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  6. ^ Raphael, Caroline & Balmer, Desmond (2001). The Good Hotel Guide 2002. Ebury Press London. p. 293.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Summer house in grounds of Bishopstrow House (1036339)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Pump house with boathouse in grounds of Bishopstrow House (1036340)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  9. ^ Historic England. "King Barrow: a long barrow 100m north of Bishopstrow House (1010399)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Bowl barrow 85m north of Bishopstrow House (1019507)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 October 2015.

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