Leicestershire’s Star Manor Hotels

     Many of England’s manor hotels, by all rights and purposes, are veritable castles for the likes of us Yanks across the pond! Abbot’s Oak near Coalville will be convenient for visits to Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick Castle. It is situated on the edge of Charnwood Forest and is one of those Grade II listed charmers that wow the eyes of Americans and other tourists. Placed in 19 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland areas with some unusual granite outcrops where the hotel guests can stroll around or play various lawn games.
     It has beautiful oak carvings, throughout, along with fabulous stained glass windows, a staircase that goes all the way up the tower from which it is possible to see five counties! The drawing and dining rooms are simply elegant and you couldn’t find a better place to catch up on your sleep. The house has four rooms available to guests and it is close to Loughborough, Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Donington le Heath (which I’ll explain in my follow-up Leicester entry!)
     T-01530 832328       www.johansens.com/abbotsoak 
     Once a hunting resort, Hambleton Hall will be a sumptuous stay while in Rutland. It’s situated in Oakham off the A606 and with splendid views of Rutland Water. It was built in 1881 by Walter Marshall to the Queen Anne vernacular (prevalent in Leicestershire) with primarily Victorian features and was converted to a hotel in 1979. It won Johansen’s Most Excellent Country Hotel Award in 1996 as a Relais  & Chateaux member and boasts an excellent restaurant. The hotel’s tasteful interiors also impart elegance and comfort alike and sports delightful displays of flowers throughout. A two bedroom suite, The Croquet Pavilion, imparts the additions of a living room and breakfast room. 
     T-01572 756991   hotel@hambletonhall.com www.hambletonhall.com
     Seven miles north of Leicester and just east of Charnwood Forest, Rothley Court Hotel was once an ancient manor house with a 13th century chapel addition, by the Holy Order of Knight’s Templar. The order possessed a house in Leicester but were granted land at Rothley by John de Harecourt in 1203 and later the manor house by Henry III in 1228.
    This charmer has 30 en suite bedrooms in both the main house and in the converted Court Mews. A beautifully sprawling manor house- it shows off well-manicured grounds, an A-listed oak-paneled restaurant and bar which takes on large event and receptions.
     Its history is extensive as it was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086, although at the time it may have been a previous Roman villa built on the site.
     The coat of arms that represents Rothley Court was that of the Babington family who bought the house around 1550 and had continuous ownership for 300 years. The motto "Faith is all" was reiterated to Henry V on the eve of the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 by Thomas Babington, the King’s Squire. Lord Thomas Babington Macauley, who was born at the manor, became a famous literary and parliamentary figure and later became a Baron. Lord Macaulay’s uncle, Thomas Babington, worked with William Wilberforce to bring the Slave Trade to an end officially in 1807.
     In 1893 the Merrtens took ownership and added the south and kitchen wings, a Billiards room, together with the Lodge, Entrance gate and stables. Clive Wormleighton, who became Preceptor of Leicester in 1974, converted Rothley Court into a Hotel and Restaurant in 1960 and since then it has been continually modernized.
   T-0116 2374141   www.rothleycourt.com     e-mail: 6501@greenking.co.uk
     Bosworth Hall, set in eleven acres of landscaped gardens and woodland, is nearby to Bosworth Field with 192 luxury guest rooms. Not many of the manor or castle hotels offer so many rooms even if they exist. It is a grade II listed William and Mary mansion with two restaurants – Crompton’s and Jenny’s- and has wonderful park and gardens to stroll around in and conference rooms for large events. This veritable treasure is only a half hour drive from Birmingham International Airport.
     T-0871 2220089    res711@brittaniahotels.com
Ti saluto affettuosamente,, Affectuesement,, Liebevollich,, Muitas saudades!
The Castle Lady

              11/13/07 Note:  This morning my space reached it’s 8,888th hit! Thanks to everyone who comes to visit!



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4 Responses to Leicestershire’s Star Manor Hotels

  1. belle says:

    coucou toi je profite que mon internet soit reparer pour faire le tour de mes amis
    et te deposer un gros smak sur les jours
    bonne soiree
    ton amie marie


  2. Sharron says:

    Uppark (Pronounced "Up-park".) in South Harting; just inside West Sussex on the Hampshire/Sussex border, is also worth a mention.
    Lovingly restored to excellent condition and an exact replica of the original after being destroyed by fire in 2000, Uppark is owned by the National Trust and sits beside a hilltop on the South Downs. Formerly the home of Lady Emma Hamilton; lover of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson famous for his battle with the French at Trafalgar in the warship HMS Victory- currently moored in dry dock at Southsea in Hampshire as a naval vessel and tourist attraction; the original house used to boast one of the oldest timepieces in the world situated in its clocktower.
    Its elegant rooms decorated with gold-leaf in period style with their huge ornamental chandaliers give an impression of how life must have been for the middle-class aristocracy of the time; with extensive servant\’s quarters and a labyrinth of underground tunnels situated below the building. (Most of these have been closed off from the public and sealed as they are in a dangerous condition and/or collapsed. Some are also haunted.)
    The entrance to Uppark from the South harting side is situated on the left at the top of an extremely steep hill on the B road to Emsworth just outside South Harting. It\’s a lovely place to visit and is well worth the trip.
    Probably the quickest way to get there from Portsmouth, Hampshire, is to take the motorway A3(M) to Horndean, continue on the A3 dual-carriageway through the Butser Hill cutting through the South Downs and take the first tornoff along a B road to Petersfield. Before you get to the actual town area you\’ll see a crossroads. Take the right turning along Sussex Road; you\’ll see a lake on your left as you proceed out of Petersfield, and just stay on that road, which will take you into South Harting. (After about 5 miles.) When you get to South Harting turn right at the T-junction and stay on that road, which soon goes up a very steep hill. Just about 50 yards beyond the top of that hill you\’ll see a small turnoff to the left marked "Uppark".
    Please consult the National Trust website and other sources as it\’s not open all year round.


  3. Evelyn says:

         Ah yes! Uppark! I do know it. (You\’re heading way south now and I worked my down from Northumbria- I\’m a Wallace as you can see! XDD ) I love Georgian architecture! I understand it has wonderful views of the Channel and has a restaurant in the East Pavilion that serves food authenticized from the Georgian period and with fresh produce! I also understand that H.G. Wells mother was a housekeeper here in Victorian times!
         Thank you for all the wonderful additional information. It will certainly come in handy when I cover the southern portion of England, which is even more fashionable and elegant in historical housing. Rudyard Kipling\’s Bateman\’s  in Burwash and The Royal Pavilion in Brighton come to mind offhand and of course Arundel Castle with her Castle Hotel sister Amberly! I am very excited about getting to them and it\’s difficult to be patient but we\’ll get there! Thanks for your visit. If you are interested please join my group http://groups.msn.com/EuropeanCastles
                                             Kisses and hugs from The Castle Lady


  4. Unknown says:

    Good evening
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    I am happy to have you as friendly
    I looked at your space, you speaks about a city or other,
     finally veiled what I included/understood I kiss you


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