The new opening further cements Farncombe’s growth. It follows the September 2012 appointment of industry expert Andrew Grahame as Farncombe Chief Executive and the re-opening of Dormy House in September 2013, following a multi-million pound renovation.
Chris Ward, Commercial Director at Farncombe says “The opening of Foxhill Manor in this capacity is another significant milestone for Farncombe. For generations the manor house has been a family home and it was important for us, and the owning family, that the renovation works created a sophisticated and elegant space but with the opportunity to create an atmosphere that is both relaxing and homely. We want Foxhill Manor to be a very private place where guests feel they can unwind and not worry about set dining times.” He adds “At Farncombe we pride ourselves on our staff and the service they deliver. The vital ingredient is character and this will be particularly key at Foxhill Manor”.
Foxhill Manor was built in 1909 by local Cotswolds craftsmen and designed by Yorkshire-born architect Joseph Lancaster Ball, one of the leading lights of the Arts & Crafts movement. Trevillion Interiors and designer Hannah Lohan have worked with the team to keep the original features – the sweeping staircase, high ceilings, Cotswold mullions and spacious rooms - but create a new space for guests to enjoy. The eight suites have a spaciousness that few hotels can offer and there is a large drawing room, a dining room and a media room. There are no set meal times, dining is run on a ‘whatever, whenever’ policy. A daily four course menu is prepared by the Chef but this is not compulsory, there are a selection of house specials or if guests are craving a particular dish the team will do their best to prepare it.
The Farncombe Estate is in the heart of the Cotswolds, a 90-minute train journey or two-hour car journey from London. It is an hour from Birmingham.