In 1979 the property was bought by the Benson family. During their 14 year ownership there was a great deal of restoration to the building and gardens. Through acquisition of adjoining land, the estate grew to a little over six acres which included Burleigh Lodge, situated at the entrance to the main drive. The once filled in and forgotten Victorian plunge pool was carefully restored to its former glory and served as a heated swimming pool. By careful conversion of stable buildings in the small courtyard, the number of bedrooms grew to seventeen, all of which enjoyed en-suite bathrooms. The gardens became a great asset, particularly attractive in the Spring when the display of tulips was quite dazzling.
Roger Benson will give us an insight into some of the challenges he faced in running such a well known and respected local hotel.
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