Manor House Hotel

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The Manor House
General information
Location Castle Combe, Nr. Bath, Wiltshire, SN14 7HR, United Kingdom
Opening 1947
Owner Exclusive Hotels and Venues

The Manor House is a 14th-century country house hotel in Castle Combe, Wiltshire in the south of England.[1][2]


The Manor House is noteworthy for several reasons throughout history. First of all, its land is the site of an old Norman castle settlement which has hosted a number of Lords throughout its history, the most famous of which was Sir John Oldcastle, the figure Shakespeare based his character of Sir John Falstaff upon in his play Henry IV in the late 16th century.[3][4]

It was also the home of English geologist and political economist George Poulett Scrope throughout the 19th century. He lived at the Manor House from the start of his first marriage until the death of his wife Emma (the great-granddaughter of Sir Robert Long), in 1866; his wife's family had owned the land since the 14th century.[5][6]

Scrope was responsible for the creation of the grounds' Italian, Classical and medieval Gothic styled gardens and Summerhouse in the mid-19th century ,[7] which can still be seen today.


The Manor House Hotel

Manor House is located in Castle Combe, near Chippenham in Wiltshire.


  1. ^ "Hotel of the week: Manor House Hotel, Wiltshire". The First Post. London, United Kingdom. December 11, 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Historic UK - Manor House Hotel and Golf Club". Historic UK - The history and heritage accommodation guide. December 11, 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Sir John Falstaff History, retrieved 25 March 2010 
  4. ^ Hotel History, retrieved 2016-05-16 
  5. ^ Page, L.E.. ed. 1970-1990. Dictionary of Scientific Biography. New York: Scribner, p. 261.
  6. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - Dictionary of Scientific Biography: 'Scrope, George Julius Poulett.', 2008 
  7. ^ Hotel Grounds, retrieved 2016-05-16 

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Coordinates: 51°29′38″N 2°13′56″W / 51.4937538°N 2.2320887°W / 51.4937538; -2.2320887