Welcombe Hotel
Welcombe Hotel occupies a 19th century former country mansion house near Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire
Warwickshire is a landlocked non-metropolitan county in the West Midlands region of England. The county town is Warwick, although the largest town is Nuneaton. The county is famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare...

 which was previously known as Welcombe House. It is a Grade II* listed building.

Welcombe, which was part of the Manor of Old Stratford, was granted by the Bishop of Worcester
Bishop of Worcester
The Bishop of Worcester is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Worcester in the Province of Canterbury, England. He is the head of the Diocese of Worcester in the Province of Canterbury...

 in 1537 to John Combe. In 1663 William Combe settled the estate and manor house on his grandson Sir Combe Wagstaffe.

In about 1775 the estate was acquired by John Lloyd of Snitterfield. Both his son George 1806 and his grandson John Gameliel Lloyd 1832 served as High Sheriff of Warwickshire
High Sheriff of Warwickshire
The High Sheriff is the oldest secular office under the Crown. Formerly the High Sheriff was the principal law enforcement officer in the county but over the centuries most of the responsibilities associated with the post have been transferred elsewhere or are now defunct, so that its functions...


The estate was bought in about 1835 by Mark Philips, a wealthy Manchester Cotton Manufacturer and Member of Parliament
Member of Parliament
A Member of Parliament is a representative of the voters to a :parliament. In many countries with bicameral parliaments, the term applies specifically to members of the lower house, as upper houses often have a different title, such as senate, and thus also have different titles for its members,...

 (MP). In about 1866 he commissioned Thomas Newby to build a new mansion house in a Neo Jacobean style to designs by architect Henry Clutton
Henry Clutton
Henry Clutton was an English architect and designer and a student of Edward Blore and also worked with William Burges.-Work:* Battle Abbey, Sussex* Cliveden, Buckinghamshire* Hoar Cross Hall, Staffordshire...

. Philips was High Sheriff in 1851. On his death his brother Robert Needham Philips
Robert Needham Philips
Robert Needham Philips DL was an English merchant and manufacturer in the Lancashire textiles business, a Liberal Party politician, and the grandfather of the Whig historian G. M...

 inherited the estate of almost 3400 acres (13.8 km²). On Robert's death in 1890, the property was inherited by Robert's daughter Caroline, who married Sir George Otto Trevelyan
Sir George Trevelyan, 2nd Baronet
Sir George Otto Trevelyan, 2nd Baronet OM, PC was a British statesman and author. In a ministerial career stretching almost 30 years, he was most notably twice Secretary of State for Scotland under William Ewart Gladstone and the Earl of Rosebery...

. Their third son George Macaulay Trevelyan
G. M. Trevelyan
George Macaulay Trevelyan, OM, CBE, FRS, FBA , was a British historian. Trevelyan was the third son of Sir George Otto Trevelyan, 2nd Baronet, and great-nephew of Thomas Babington Macaulay, whose staunch liberal Whig principles he espoused in accessible works of literate narrative avoiding a...

 was born at Welcombe House in 1876. George Otto Trevelyan died in 1928 aged 90.
George Macaulay Trevelyan died in Cambridge in 1962 aged 86 (Source The Times, Monday, Jul 23, 1962; pg. 18; Issue 55450)

At some stage (date needs to be confirmed) and the house was sold to the London, Midland and Scottish Railway
London, Midland and Scottish Railway
The London Midland and Scottish Railway was a British railway company. It was formed on 1 January 1923 under the Railways Act of 1921, which required the grouping of over 120 separate railway companies into just four...

and was converted to a hotel.

Menzies Hotel Spa and Golf Club now occupy an estate of 157 acre (0.63535702 km²).

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