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If you like history, Willington Hall has it in abundance - almost two centuries of it.
Built in 1829 by Richard Tomkinson, the great grandfather of the previous owner, it was designed by Nantwich architect, George Latham, in a style he called ‘Queen Elizabethan’. Prior to that, the Willington Estate was the property of William Arden, the second Lord Alvanley. It was William Tomkinson who bought the Willington Estate from Lord Alvanley in 1827; contrary to popular legend, he did not win it in a hand of cards...
For the last 20 years, the country house hotel has been owned and run by Stuart and Diana Begbie and their family, who brought with them four generations’ worth of experience in the hotel and hospitality industries.
Both Diana and Stuart Begbie are members of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, the official fraternity of the major Champagne brands. Its mission is to promote the variety, versatility, taste and other unique characteristics that make Champagne wines synonymous with success and celebration everywhere.
They are also members of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an International Association of Gastronomy, now established in over 80 countries and bringing together enthusiasts who share the same values of quality, fine dining, the encouragement of the culinary arts and the pleasures of the table.
Using their knowledge and expertise, they’ve restored the estate’s buildings and gardens to former glories and beyond; they’ve even give Begbie family names to two new areas - the Hamilton’s Suite (formerly laundry cottages) and the Richmond Room.
Willington Hall has a great history; it also has a fabulous future.
We can’t wait to have the pleasure of your company - let us know your ETA and your favourite tipple, and we’ll have everything waiting for you.
Whether it’s by road, train or helicopter (yes, we have our own landing pad if that’s how you roll), drop in and see us soon, won’t you.