Ennismore, the owner of the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland and the Hoxton Hotels brand, has bought the 135-room Eynsham Hall country house hotel in Oxfordshire for a reported £10 million (£74,000 per key) from the Cathedral Group. The hotel has planning permission for 80 new guestrooms, purpose-built conference facilities for 250 people and a new spa complex.
I definitely see the potential, either for a grand hotel in the style of Gleneagles or a hip Hoxton-in-the-country. What do you think?
Eynsham Hall is a Grade II listed and is located near North Leigh in Oxfordshire. Built in 1780 as a Georgian house, it was demolished in 1904 and rebuilt as a Jacobean style mansion in 1906-1908 by Ernest George for the Mason family who took up residence in 1866.
During World War II a section of Eynsham Hall was used as a maternity ward for expectant mothers evacuated from London. Referred to as the “flak shack”, it was also used for rest and relaxation (R & R) by the U.S. Army Air Corps officers.
The site was used as a Police training centre by the Home Office from 1946. The hotel’s Gun Room won a European Hotel Design Award in 2008 (last two photos).