MJM were appointed by De Vere Hotels, part of Starwood Hotels, in 2015 to provide civil and structural engineering services for a £7.0m programme of renovations and restorations to this Grade 1 listed property completed in 2018.
The house has a fascinating history and was nicknamed The Spy House because of its connections with WWII.
The refurbishment uncovered and restored many original features, as well as subtly celebrating the hotel’s connection to a secret history.
The red brick Tudor-style mansion standing today was completed in 1838 and became the temporary host of captured German U-boat submarine crews and Luftwaffe pilots during the Second World War before becoming the National Defence College until 2006.
An unsightly MoD extension has been transformed into a bespoke dining area with wonderful views over the valley and surrounding countryside.
The refurbished original sweeping staircase with stained glass windows leads guests to 31 new deluxe rooms and suites that were previously meeting rooms and offices, bringing the total number of guestrooms to 205.