De Vere Selsdon Estate
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|De Vere Selsdon Estate|
|Location||Selsdon, Surrey, United Kingdom|
|Owner||Principal Hotel Company|
|Number of rooms||200|
|Number of suites||7|
De Vere Selsdon Estate is a luxury hotel located in Selsdon, London, England. It is housed in a country house which was for much of the 19th century the seat of the Bishops of Rochester, although the building has since that time been greatly expanded.
Selsdon Park passed through several private owners until 1924 when Allan Doble Sanderson bought the house and the accompanying 200 acres (0.81 km2) of land for £13,000. In 1924 the Victorian country residence was converted into a 24-bedroom hotel which opened in 1925, and the first lift (elevator) was installed. Between 1927 and 1930, the East Wing was built and in 1935 the West Wing was added. At the same time, the whole of the building was covered in brick to give a Neo-Jacobean appearance. In 1929, the golf course was added. It was designed by J.H. Taylor, five-time British Open champion.
In 1960, Basil Sanderson took over the running of the hotel from his parents. Improvements and additional rooms were added to the hotel, and in 1985 the leisure complex was completed at a cost of £1.5 million. The latest addition to the building, the Cambridge Wing, was finished in 1988 and has 25 bedrooms and a conference suite. On 13 March 1997, Principal Hotel Company purchased the De Vere Selsdon Estate and have since have undertaken a £2.5 million refurbishment, including a new reception area, additional conference and banquet facilities and a business centre.
De Vere Selsdon Estate possesses 205 acres (0.83 km2) of parkland. It has 26 conference rooms and a leisure centre including indoor swimming pool. Dining facilities include the Cedar restaurant, Phoenix grill and bar, and a terrace. The grounds include an 18-hole golf course, two grass tennis courts, two all-weather tennis courts, a jogging trail, a boules pitch, a croquet lawn, and a putting green.