Whatley Manor

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Whatley Manor is a hotel, restaurant and spa complex housed in a former farm and estate building, located in Easton Grey in the southern Cotswolds, about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England.

History[edit]

Originally named Twatley Manor, an abbreviation of "To the wet lea", Whatley Manor was originally a farmhouse on a farm estate called Twatley Farm which was built in the 18th century and first appeared on the Malmesbury Tithe Map in 1840. The estate was bought in 1857 by Mr T G Smith who from 1871 became the lord of Easton Grey Manor. It is believed that during this time the building was enlarged and several outbuildings to the northwest were incorporated or replaced, extending the property.

Ownership of the farm passed to Smith's sister Honora Wilder and her husband Reverend George Wilder, who owned the farm in 1910. Rear admiral Reginald Neeld, his wife Beatrix and daughter lived in the manor house in 1899–1924.

During the First World War, the hall at Twatley became a packing station for boxes of leggings, galoshes and Red Cross parcels destined for the Front.

The estate was bought from Honora and George Wilder's heir, Graham Wilder, in 1925 by Herbert Choplin Cox, a Canadian. A Deputy Master of the Beaufort Hunt,[1] he used the estate to hunt and added more land to it. In the 1920s, Cox altered the farmhouse and commissioned architect Septimus Warwick,[2] who added a west wing now called the Tudor wing, greatly extended the stable courtyard and built the coach house. He also laid out ornamental gardens and a small park as well as constructing the Tower House and buildings which today are now part of Twatley Farm.

H.C Cox died in 1945 and his executors sold the estate to Harold Issac Coriat and his wife Priscilla, who owned it until 1957. The house was designated as Grade II listed in 1951.[2] In 1961 the estate was bought and divided by R.J. Rennie. It was around this time that the estate was renamed to Whatley Manor and Twatley Farm became a separate estate and home.

In 1987 Whatley Manor became a hotel for the first time. Twatley Manor Farm, with buildings converted from Cox’s stables, is now owned by Mr  J. E. Willis.

Landolt family[edit]

During this time, Marco and Alix Landolt stayed at Whatley Manor whilst visiting their son, Christian, who was competing at the Badminton Horse Trials. When Whatley Manor came up for sale in 2000 they acquired it and restored it. The manor house is a Grade 2 listed building. 12 acres of land have been transformed into 26 distinctive gardens, many of them based on the original 1930s plans.

The house was renamed and redesigned into a Swiss-influenced interpretation of modern Cotswolds architecture, and added to by a construction team led by MITIE Group. There is a 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) spa and health complex called the Aquarias Spa.

Awards[edit]

In October 2007, the 23-bedroom hotel which is part of the Relais & Chateaux group was voted ninth "Best Holiday and Wellness Hotel in the World" (number one in the UK) by the Swiss business publication, Bilanz.[3] In 2017 it joined the Pride of Britain marketing consortium.

The hotel has two restaurants (the Dining Room and Grey's) and a non-residents' bar. The Dining Room won its first Michelin star in 2005 under head chef Martin Burge,[3] and a second star in 2010.[1] Burge left Whatley Manor in 2016 and was replaced by Niall Keating.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Walsh, John (2009-09-05). "Whatley Manor". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  2. ^ a b Historic England. "Whatley Manor (1023196)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Whatley Manor". hotelmanagement-network.com. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 

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Coordinates: 51°35′01″N 2°08′58″W / 51.5836°N 2.1495°W / 51.5836; -2.1495