Discover the hidden past of Hoar Cross Hall and the secrets that lie within its beautiful architecture and charming grounds.
No exact year is given for when the building’s foundations were set under the direction of the wealthy Welles family of Little Heywood but we believe it was around the 15th Century. The house was built on a hill and in those early days, had a moat and drawbridge. There was a two-storey building in the grounds, with sash windows, a flat roof, rail and balustrades, thought to be a summer house. According to available evidence, this charming little building was also used as a music room was looked after better than the main buildings, which despite being adorned with a grand Welles family coat of arms, began to show signs of decay.
A family home
It is said that people from all levels of society would come from miles around, just to set eyes on its grandeur. The Ingram family took Hoar Cross as their seat in the early seventeenth century, but due to decay, much of the manor house was demolished in 1740. In 1793 Hugo Meynell, who had married Elizabeth Ingram in 1782, commissioned the rebuild of what was to be called the ‘Old Hall’ as a second family home.
A new journey
Hugo died in 1808. His son, Hugo Francis Meynell Ingram celebrated his marriage to Lady Charlotte Wood, with a spectacular re-construction of the hall. It was completed in 1871 in a distinctive Elizabethan style with Jacobean overtones. Lofty gables, 48 chimneys and mullioned windows are excellent examples of the period and exude a level of stateliness, reflected in the 114ft Long Gallery which remains a centrepiece to this day.
The current owners took over the decaying property in 1989 and lovingly restored its grandeur. Good examples of this are the grand staircase at the end of the Long Gallery, the servant’s bells on the third floor and the William Morris Wallpaper in the Ballroom, all of which lend a luxurious feel to the building.
Hoar Cross Hall Spa
A ground-breaking spa was developed in 2005, offering visitors the chance to enjoy a luxurious experience as a day guest, or for longer stays as a hotel resident. Over the past few years, the Hall’s public rooms and bedrooms have seen substantial investment in their refurbishment, creating a cool, contemporary look, which draws its influence from a private members club. Take a tour of the breath-taking, newly renovated Hall below.TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR
Enjoyed by everyone
New features such as the Nordic Heat and Ice Suite and the Sanctum have become warm favourites in the spa, which continues to be among the finest in the UK. The Joynes Suite has become established as one of the region’s most sought-after wedding venues.