Discover the history of Ardencote
Experience Our Past
Ardencote is owned and managed by a local family and truly is an independent family-run hotel. Ardencote has been tastefully transformed over the past 20 years and now proudly boasts 110 four star bedrooms, 18 conference and banqueting suites and two stunning restaurants. The Leisure Club facilities have been recently updated along with the Ardencote Spa and the 18 hole golf course.
Back to the beginning
The Ardencote Manor Hotel was originally built in 1863, as the dowry house for Mary the daughter of Thomas Phillips, a wool manufacturer from Manchester. During the late Victorian era, the Phillips family added extensive servants’ quarters and stables to the existing estate. At its peak the family employed 15 servants and livery staff, 25 farm labourers and 6 gardeners. All staff lived within the Ardencote and its estate.
After the 1st World War the Phillips family sold the Ardencote to Mr. James Booth. Under Mr. Booth’s ownership The Ardencote flourished; at this time the village of Claverdon was barely 50 houses and the entire community of the hamlets of Pinley and Lye Green would have all been employed by the estate. James Booth died in 1937 and his family decided to sell the property.
The Country Club Hotel
The Ardencote and the adjoining land of 103 acres was bought by Mr. Tom Brown, an Irish financier who farmed the land until his death in 1980. The estate was then purchased by a consortium headed by a Major Cotteril, with the intention of updating the Ardencote to a Country Club based around squash and Leisure facilities. You can still use the original squash courts today, still very much at the heart of the Leisure and Country Club. Unfortunately the Major was unable to raise the finance to complete his vision.
The Countryside Hotel
After several changes in ownership The Ardencote was purchased by David Walker in 1991. During his time here he added a 3 acre lake and adjoining fisherman’s lodge. Unfortunately he too ran out of finances and The Ardencote changed hands again in 1996 to Mr Huckerby, a local entrepreneur.
Fast forward 17 years, the Ardencote is still owned and managed by Mr. Huckerby- a truly independent, family-run Hotel, thriving against all the odds in an environment increasingly dominated by homogenous Hotel chains. Mr. Huckerby has added financial stability and entrepreneurial expertise to the hotel which now proudly boasts 110 four star bedrooms, 17 Conference and Banqueting Suites and an award winning, rosetted Restaurant. The Leisure facilities have been recently updated to include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, squash courts, floodlit tennis courts, cardio-vascular and free weights gyms and a dance studio.
Where we are now
Summer 2013 the Ardencote opened The Brasserie, Bar & Lounge. The Brasserie is a welcome addition to the already exciting dining offering at the Ardencote and a fabulous dining alternative to the award winning Lodge Restaurant. To complement the interior design and layout of The Brasserie is a stunning outdoor terrace overlooking the extensive grounds.
As the Ardencote prepares to enter its 150th year Mr. Huckerby has no intention of resting on his laurels and is very much looking forward to continuing his investment within the Ardencote in order to achieve his vision of creating a genuinely desirable Destination Resort Hotel.