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Dunchurch Park is set within a beautiful and tranquil parkland estate, yet it is only a few miles from several major motorways, and rail and air connections.

This venue is designed for maximum flexibility; choose from the beautiful walnut panelled Billiard Room or the classic Boardroom, ideal for board meetings or private dining; or for the larger conference, the totally self-contained, purpose built Garden Rooms located in the Victorian walled gardens.

All meeting rooms enjoy the benefit of natural daylight and look out over the stunning gardens and grounds. Within the 72 acre estate we have a dedicated area for motorised activities as well as large, flat grassed areas and lawns for all types of team building exercises, outdoor activities and fun days.

After a hard day's work, guests can workout in the gym or enjoy some of the outdoor leisure facilities such as the putting green, tennis court, croquet lawns, soccer pitch and volleyball. Alternatively, guests can simply relax and unwind in one of the lounges, bars or decking and terraced areas.

The History of the Hotel...

1767 - The lands came into the possession of King George III and were later developed upon Lord John Scott, 2nd son of the 4th Duke of Buccleuch.
1804 - The estate was sold to the Oxford Union Canal Navigation Company for £700, who arranged the building of a fine red brick mansion.
1805 - Richard Tawney, a proprietor of the Oxford Union Canal Navigation Company, moved into the Lodge and lived there until his death in 1832.
1834 - Company leased out the Lodge to Colonel John Rochford.
1851 - William Keach of Dunchurch, a gentleman farmer moved in with his family and servants.
1861 - Thomas Hazlehurst occupied the Lodge with his wife and servants.
1868 - Estate acquired by Alfred Hyde Harrison who converted the house to a preparatory school for the sons of gentlemen.
1882 - The school prospered and was moved to Dunchurch Hall.
1883 - Extensive repair to house and outbuildings in preparation for arrival of Walter Sandilands, 12th Baron Torpichen of Scotland and his wife. His two sons were later born at Dunchurch Lodge.
1890 - £4000 spent on refurbishment in November before sub letting to Honourable Douglas Leigh for the hunting season. In December a great fire destroyed the Lodge, leaving only the East Wing.
1903 - John Lancaster commissioned Gilbert Fraser a reputable architect to design a new mansion house for the site. It incorporated the old East Wing where there have been sightings of a female ghost.
1908 - Building of the new mansion house and 3 lodges for the estate workers completed and Thomas Mawson, a landscape architect was commissioned to design a garden with pleasure grounds to enhance the house.
1920 - The well connected and wealthy Cayzer family bought the estate and stayed there until Major Cayzer died in 1948.
1950 - Estate purchased by The English Electric Company, which later became GEC Marconi and utilised the house as a training college for apprentices.
2001 - Bought by first! Venues and developed into a conference centre.
2003 - Taken over by Signature Hotel Group and developed into a hotel through an ongoing £1.8m refurbishment & development programme.

Visiting...

When visiting us here at Dunchurch Park Hotel, as well as our superbly located premises there is an abundance of exciting local attractions for you to enjoy during your visit.

Whether it is a relaxing walk around one of the local country parks, one of the theatres or one of the local museums our helpful reception team will be delighted to give you more information so please don't hesitate to contact them.

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