Whitney Court – Information
Whitney Court is set in a stunning 1,000 acre private estate in Herefordshire, close to the Welsh border and just outside the beautiful market town of Hay-on-Wye.
The Whitney Court Estate dates back to the 6th Century and is linked to St Cyndir, a contemporary of King Arthur. In the early 13th Century, a new lordship was created for a knight, who took the name de Whitney and created a medieval castle within the Estate. It remained in the Whitney family until the Hope family purchased the Estate in 1897, and remain custodians to this day. The present Whitney Court was the third successor to the original castle, created in the Edwardian era by the Hope family as a revolutionary Neo-Jacobean manor, with one of the first private electricity systems in the UK.
The house has retained many of the original features pre-dating the present house, with the original oak panelling and tapestries from its predecessor carefully preserved. Whitney Court is first and foremost a family home, and offers a wonderfully welcoming feel despite the grandeur evident throughout, allowing guests to relax and unwind from the moment they step through the door.
Whitney Court is set in a private estate of over 1,000 acres, and the entrance is truly impressive, with the tree lined road revealing the magnificent manor from the approach. The sweeping driveway features a central fountain and is surrounded by beautiful parkland, giving a glimpse of the spectacular views beyond the house.
A mighty oak door leads into the magnificent Grand Hall, a room full of opulence and grandeur with oak panelled walls and a beautiful Edwardian ceiling featuring the coats of arms of the Hope family. A vast sweeping solid oak staircase winds up from the Great Hall to the galleried landing, making a particularly superb bridal entrance (the Great Hall is licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 130 guests). The beautiful floor to ceiling fireplace adds a touch of drama, and makes a wonderfully cosy atmosphere in winter time, particular next to the 12ft Christmas tree. There is also a Piano, with pianists available on request.
Doors lead through from the Great Hall into the beautiful double Drawing Room, a wonderfully light and airy room with spectacular views over the Wye valley towards the mountains beyond. This beautiful, elegant room offers delightful antique furnishings, magnificent French crystal chandeliers and exquisite detailing throughout, from the hand carved fireplaces to the intricate ceilings. There is plentiful comfortable seating to relax in style, and a lovely window seat runs along the huge bay window, perfect for soaking in the stunning views. A doorway leads out onto the terrace and grounds, facing South West to benefit from all day sun, and ideal for summer drinks receptions.
The Red Dining Room is a lavish room, with rich colours and textures balanced with soft white wood panelling to create a wonderful atmosphere for celebratory meals with friends and family. The huge picture window again gives fabulous views and floods this room with natural light. The beautiful solid oak dining table and hand carved chairs can seat up to 22 guests, with differing table sizes available for smaller groups.
The Double Drawing Room, whilst normally furnished as a relaxation lounge, may also be set up with round tables to seat a maximum of 132 guests for formal dining, with the Dining Room then converted to a lounge space.
The Study has sweeping views to both the side and rear, and features a vast desk and a valuable work space, although there are also sofas to invite relaxation, and another lovely fireplace.
There is also a TV room on the ground floor, a delightfully cosy room with further comfortable seating and a television with DVD player and Freeview. This room houses the Wi-Fi access, and has many toys and games to keep little ones entertained.
The spacious kitchen has been renovated to offer every modern convenience, and is fully equipped with a dishwasher, two large fridge-freezers, an Aga, a double oven and a five ring electric hob, and features ample cutlery, crockery, glassware and cooking utensils for 22 guests.
There is a further caterer’s kitchen on the ground floor, which has commercial catering equipment for large functions, however is only available by prior arrangement. Guests are however welcome to use the additional refrigeration space and wine coolers if required. There are also laundry facilities including a washing machine, tumble dryer, and ironing equipment available for guests’ use.
The spectacular oak staircase leads to the first floor, where there are 11 individually designed bedrooms. The master bedroom suite is a particularly spacious room, beautifully decorated with a super king bed, with amazing views through the vast bay windows and a lovely en-suite bathroom with bath and separate shower.
There is one further en-suite bedroom, with a super king bed, which has a free standing claw foot bath tub in the en-suite. Also on the first floor are a family bedroom with three single beds, three twin bedrooms, two super king bedrooms, one king bedroom, one double bedroom and a single bedroom. Several of the rooms interconnect (please refer to the accommodation tab for details) however can be locked to separate the rooms if required, and many offer spectacular views.
All of the bedrooms offer supremely comfortable mattresses, luxurious bed linen, bathrobes, toiletries and complementary bottled water to ensure your upmost comfort during your stay.
The setting of Whitney Court is truly exceptional. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and woodland, the house stands sentinel over broad, tumbling terraces which sweep down to the river below; an oasis of tranquillity and natural beauty.
The large, flat terraces are ideal for summer games or for a marquee for larger functions, able to accommodate up to 250 guests for dining. There is a large croquet lawn available for guests’ use, and there are over 11 miles of walkways and bridal paths through the woodland and parkland of the 1000 acre estate. Whitney Court also has private fishing rights to a three mile stretch of the River Wye, with exceptional scenery, with fishing available to guests on request.
The surrounding area is renowned for outdoor pursuits, such as walking, cycling, riding, fishing, climbing and canoeing, with the Brecon Beacons, Wye Valley and Mortimer forest all close by. The beautiful market town of Hay-on-Wye is famous for its literary festival, drawing a wealth of international writers and thinkers to the area every year.
Whitney Court offers the best of both worlds, a beautiful family home cherished for generations, making it a superb choice for relaxing holidays with plenty to see and do in the local area, yet offers all the opulence and grandeur you would expect from a country manor, with superb facilities for large parties, weddings, corporate events and film shoots in a beautiful setting.
Of course as with any of our properties, we can assist with arranging any additional services you may require, from full or partial catering to housekeeping or entertainment. Why not contact us today for more information on creating your perfect stay?