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Hotel History

Holme Lacy House Hotel History

With the serenity of Regency England, Holme Lacy House is a beautiful hotel with a perfect location to explore the Wye Valley.

Holme Lacy House has played host to the great and the good so frequently during its ancient and remarkable history that you’d think it’s worthy of a raft of Royal Warrants. This magical Grade I-listed mansion, nestles in the Wye Valley just 20 minutes from Ross-on-Wye and close to the handsome city of Hereford. Take for example King Charles I, who reportedly rested his still-intact head at Holme Lacy in 1645. William Pitt the Elder conducted cabinet meetings in its grounds, perhaps not far from the spot where Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Beatrice marked a memorable visit by planting a tree. Yet Holme Lacy’s story starts a good few centuries earlier than that.

In 1354, in fact, when substantial estates in the west of England, originally granted by William the Conqueror to Walter de Lacy and including the lands of Hamme, were inherited by Thomas Scudamore by his marriage to Clarice de Lacy. Two centuries later his descendant John Scudamore built a brick mansion, and in 1628 his son John, 1st Viscount Scudamore, added portions in local red sandstone. It fell to the 3rd Viscount Scudamore in 1674 to finish the stunning mansion you see today.
Many of Holme Lacy’s fine interior features originate from this period, such as the exceptional plaster ceilings, the panelled, draped and ornate state rooms (some of which are now magnificent restaurants) and the grand main staircase.

And beyond the portals of the main house? A glorious 20 acres of restored formal gardens and landscaped parkland. The pond, topiary, beddings and hedges laid out with geometric precision and the sense of golden proportion that typified a gentler era. Small wonder, then, that Holme Lacy House has been so dear to the hearts of so many for so long. Now you too can join them.

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"I nearly always have a massage or something. We’ve done line-dancing. We went in the pool yesterday and sat in the Jacuzzi. We also did the tea tasting. That’s another thing you’d never do normally, but I learned more than you’d think it was possible to know about tea."

Sue Wicks Holme Lacy House