Our History

For just 18 pence, the original 490-acre Hoar Cross estate was purchased in 1450 during the reign of Henry VI.

Hoar Cross Hall


The story

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.

The story

Hoar Cross Hall


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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.

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Hoar Cross Hall


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.

A new journey

History


Restoration

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.

Restoration

History


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.

Hoar Cross Hall Spa

History


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.

Enjoyed by everyone

A Message from our CEO

The health and wellbeing of our guests, members and employees is and always has been, at the heart of our business. As a result of the Prime Minister’s announcement on 20th March, it with deep sadness that we have taken the decision to close Eden Hall and Hoar Cross Hall until further notice. Though we genuinely hope to be welcoming you back sooner, rather than later we will closely monitor government updates to ensure we are keeping our team members, customers and members safe.

In these unprecedented times, we have been genuinely touched by the understanding and support shown by our guests, members and staff alike. We thank you for your words and acts of kindness that have given much needed hope and positivity throughout these difficult weeks. Our main priority has always been our loyal customers, especially since temporarily closing the doors of our beautiful venues, putting your experience with us on hold.

If you have an existing booking with us, please don’t worry, we’ll be in touch to help as soon as possible.
If you have one of our gift cards with an expiry date before 30th June 2020, you do not need to do anything, we have automatically extended these until 31st December 2020.

We are also focusing on the wellbeing of our valuable team members, who are currently unable to work due to recent government restrictions. Our employees are a key focus for us at this time, as we hope you understand. Consequently, we are doing all we can to ensure a swift return and to reassure and stabilise their situation in the meantime.

For those of you who may still need to contact us, we have put in place a small dedicated team to respond to all enquiries. Please bear with us if our response isn’t as speedy as normal, we really are trying our best and will contact you as soon as we are able to.

But for now, on behalf of all of us at Barons Eden, I would like to wish you and your family the best health and to stay safe.

André Elshout

Read our full statement here