Whatley Manor is a grown-up getaway in the heart of the Cotswolds. Set in 12 acres of gardens with 26 distinctly different areas. Come on in and discover a whole new relaxed and very enjoyable experience.
Immerse yourself in tranquillity at Aquarias Spa enjoy relaxing treatments and the soothing ambience of the salt rooms and tepidarium.
Watch your favourite movie in our private cinema with a delicious snack selection.
Explore our 26 individual garden rooms, escape to the Bird Hide or find a quiet spot on the river bank
Whatever you decide to do.
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Originally named Twatley Manor; an abbreviation of “To the wet lea”, Whatley Manor was originally a farmhouse on a farm estate called Twatley Farm which was rebuilt in the 18th century. The estate was bought in 1857 by Mr T G Smith who from 1871 became the lord of Easton Grey Manor. It is believed that during this time the building was enlarged and several out buildings to the North-West were incorporated or replaced, extending the property. Ownership of the farm was passed onto his sister Honora Wilder and her husband Reverend George Wilder who owned the farm in 1910. Rear Admiral Reginald Neeld, his wife Beatrix and daughter lived in the manor house in the period of 1899-1924. During the First World War, the hall at Twatley became a packing station for boxes of leggings, galoshes and Red-Cross parcels destined for the Front.
The estate was bought from Honora & George Wilders heir, Graham Wilder in 1925 by H.C. Cox, a Canadian; Deputy Master of the Beaufort Hunt who used the estate to hunt and added more land to it. Cox altered the inside farmhouse, added a west wing now called the Tudor wing and greatly extended the stable courtyard and built the coach house. He also laid out ornamental gardens and a small park.
Around 1947 it was sold to Priscilla Coriat, a debutant of her time and her second husband, Harold Isaac Coriat, who owned it until 1957. In 1961 the estate was divided by R.J. Rennie. It was around this time that the estate was renamed to Whatley Manor.
During this time Marco and Alix Landolt stayed at Whatley Manor whilst visiting their son Christian who was competing at The Badminton Horse Trials. The beauty of the place inspired them and when Whatley Manor came up for sale in 2000 they acquired it, restored it painstakingly and brought it back to its former glory. The manor house is a Grade 2 listed building. 12 acres of land has been transformed into 26 distinctive gardens, many of them based on the original 1920’s plans.
Whatley opened its doors on 1st July 2003 and has since been recognised by guests as a peaceful, perhaps even magical place; that continues to develop, its award-worthy appeal.
Meet the team
Food & Beverage Manager
Natalie Baxter events co-ordinator – maternity cover. Natalie was travelling around Australia before the pandemic and returned to Whatley in September 2020 working in Grey’s Brasserie. Natalie has a keen eye for detail, is super organised and a real team player. As well as working in hospitality Natalie continues her degree in business and marketing. She’s planning to return to live and work in Australia one day in the future.
David has joined the Whatley team after working for some of the worlds greatest Botanic and Ornamental garden attractions. Having studied at RHS Wisley, David has a special interest in gardens of the Arts and Crafts movement, sustainable, organic and ecological horticulture.
Supporting Whatley’s sustainable development goals David will be introducing “no-dig” organic kitchen gardening practices to the grow the highest quality fruit, vegetables and herbs for the kitchens.
Sales & Marketing Manager
Eloise studied leisure and tourism and later went on to qualify with a Postgraduate Diploma in marketing. She began her marketing career in the IT industry where she stayed for five years. With the desire to gain further experience in marketing she moved to work for a marketing agency. It was her interest in the hospitality and wellness industry that led her to Whatley Manor. She joined Whatley Manor in December 2003 as marketing co-ordinator reporting to the marketing director and later became Marketing Manager. Eloise combined this role with duty management which gave her direct insight into the guest experience. Eloise now oversees the marketing and PR of the business.
Guest Services Manager
Guest Services Manager – maternity cover.
Starting his hospitality career in 2009 he quickly developed a passion for the which took him to University of Essex where he studied a Hotel Management Degree at the renowned Edge Hotel School.
After graduation Oliver worked with the Exclusive Collection at South Lodge Hotel where he stayed for 2 years, training in the fundamentals of 5 red-star luxury country house hotels. Oliver was a successful applicant of the Master Innholders Aspiring Leaders Diploma (MIALD) and graduated from this career in July 2021.
In September 2021 Oliver joined Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa as Guest Services Manager with a view to gain more experience in the Front of House ready for the next stage in his successful career path.
Executive Head Chef
Born and raised in Storrington, West Sussex, Ricki’s career kicked off in 2010 at Whites Kitchen in nearby Steyning as Commis Chef, progressing to Demi Chef de Partie. He then moved to Wabi, a contemporary Japanese restaurant in Horsham, as Chef de Partie (2011-12). Staying in Horsham, Ricki joined the South Lodge Hotel’s brasserie, The Camellia, as Chef de Partie, with Steven Edwards at the helm (2012-14), before moving to the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant Matt Gillan at The Pass as Chef de Partie (2014-15).
In November 2015, Ricki was appointed Chef de Partie, then Junior Sous Chef, at Michelin two-starred Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham where he spent three years, before joining Whatley Manor as Sous Chef in August 2018. Shortly after joining the team, Ricki took part in the 2019 Roux Scholarship where he was one of 18 young chefs who reached the regional finals of the competition.
Whatley Manor’s General Manager, Sue Williams, commented: “Ricki is a real asset to the hotel – not just as a leader in the kitchen, but in his commitment to sustainability, which is at the heart of everything we do at Whatley Manor.”
Sue obtained her HND in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management at Brooklands College, Weybridge. Following this, she spent two years with Concord Hotels as a Management Intern working across the UK in various four star properties. In 1989 Sue joined Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, completing 12 years’ service, firstly as Guest Services Manager then Operations Manager. Sue joined The Bath Priory as General Manager in 2002 and subsequently took on a group role looking after Sydney House, Chelsea from 2003 and Gidleigh Park, Devon from 2005, overseeing the complete refurbishment and reopening of Gidleigh Park in 2006. In 2009 Gidleigh Park was awarded Hotel of the Year at the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence. Sue was appointed general manager at Cliveden House in the summer of 2012 where she has overseen the refurbishment of this iconic property.
In 2016 when the role of general manager at Whatley Manor became available, Sue threw her hat in the ring. Having lived only a few miles away from the hotel at Grittleton for a number of years she had admired the way the property had grown and developed its superb reputation over the last 14 years. On September 28th 2016 Sue took the helm as general manager taking the hotel into the next phase of its development and consistently striving to ensure Whatley Manor’s success story continues.
Professional associations include;
- Hospitality Action South West committee member
- Member of Hoteliers Charter Council
- UK Hospitality SW member
- Academy of Food & Wine Service member
- Hospitality Diploma
- Master Innholder
- Fellow of the Institute of hospitality
- Originator of the Ten out of Ten, Hotel Management Training Program
- Hotelier of The Year 2017/18
- Freeman of the City of London
- Ambassador for the Gold Service Scholarship Awards
Spa & Wellness Manager
Originating from West Yorkshire, Nicole has over 25 years experience in the Spa & Beauty industry, with a global repertoire. As a Teaching professional & Spa Operations director she has spent over fifteen years working within the Caribbean, Mauritius & the Gold Coast City of Ghana, where she assisted in opening the largest luxury spa in Sub Saharan Africa.
Starting her career as a therapist, she was scouted as a model, but continued her passion for spa & beauty, health & wellbeing. Nicole’s interest in nature is evident in her favourite past times which includes hiking and the great outdoors where she can admire the beauty of her surrounds. With a conscious mind & purposeful disposition Nicole is set to take on the success of the ‘Best Eco-conscious Spa’ award that Aquarias spa has recently been recognised with by the ‘Good Spa Guide.’
With a keen interest in cooking from a young age driven by his grandparents love of the kitchen and growing ingredients, Lance served his apprenticeship as a Chef under the guidance of 2 Michelin starred Chef Martin Blunos from the age of 16. From here he embarked on a series of culinary & hospitality adventures
After 8 years in the Kitchen Lance made a career change, moving from the Kitchen to hotel operations. Lance joined the industry’s leading independent management programme ‘Ten out of Ten’. Over two years he worked across five of the top hotels in the UK including; Cliveden House, Pennyhill Park & Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.
It was while completing his Sales & Events placements at Belmond Le Manoir he was introduced to the practise of Revenue Management, leading him to complete his degree in Revenue Management a couple years later.
In May 2018 Lance joined the team at Whatley Manor as Commercial Manager.
With beautiful rooms, a superb location and a waggy welcome, Whatley Manor is the perfect base for you and your furry friend to enjoy all that the Cotswold’s has to offer.
If you wish to travel with your dog please let us know at the time of booking and we can make sure that an appropriate room is reserved. Our dog friendly rooms are subject to availability and we do ask that a supplement of £30 per night is charged to your booking.
In return, useful information about the local area, a luxury dog basket, food, treats and a toy for your companion will await you in your room on arrival.
Please note, we welcome dogs that are trained and out of the puppy stage, over 6 months and request that you advise in advance if you have a very large breed, over the standard Labrador size.
Photo credit: Spaniel Life
The Whatley Manor gardens have been developed to create a pleasurable environment with a sense of fun, adventure and understated theatre. The gardens combine classic style with more contemporary touches, recreating an English Country house garden, complete with rose and herbaceous gardens and beautifully manicured lawns. The gardens are divided into 26 distinct ‘rooms’. Natural elements of the garden itself and its surroundings, such as wonderful vistas, the river and woodland, have been sensitively incorporated into the more formal elements of the gardens for maximum effect.
The Kitchen Garden
Surrounded by borders filled with fragrant herbs and vegetables that are used in the kitchens to add finishing touches to freshly prepared dishes. The Kitchen Garden Terrace is the perfect setting for alfresco summer dining.
The Stable Courtyard
The Stable Courtyard has a neatly mown lawn proudly displaying three bronze donkey sculptures by renowned European sculptor Edouard-Marcel Sandoz – Christian Landolt’s (the owner) Great-Grandfather.
The Herbaceous Garden
The Herbaceous Garden has manicured lawns flanked by stone paved pathways drawing guests past a fountain and pool to a Cotswold stone gazebo.
The Rose Garden
Enclosed within stone walls featuring an elegant central fountain providing movement and two corner arbours, this garden provides an ideal hideaway for a quiet moment during a warm spring or summers day.
The Loggia Garden
Simon Allison, sculptor and pool designer, was commissioned to create a contemporary sculpture for the centre of the Loggia Garden pond making this the ideal spot to take in the stunning vistas of the surrounding Wiltshire countryside. The Loggia Garden is also licensed for weddings.
The Hot Garden
Inspired by more tropical climates and sun-seared landscapes, in the Hot Garden you will find vibrant colour combinations including hot reds, burnt oranges and dark chocolate.
Our cinema is perfect for enjoying your favourite film. Luxurious suede lined interior with Italian leather custom finished seating (40-seats) by Poltrona Frau and controllable ambient lighting all add to the experience. Combined with the acoustically controlled environment specifically designed to create a higher quality of sound. Choose a film from our DVD library or bring one of your own. Just let reservations know at the time of booking of during your stay and we will make the arrangements for you including any drinks and nibbles. The hire of the cinema is £40.
We also show a varied programme of films combined with lunch on our Sunday cinema screenings. See our events page for a list of the forthcoming films.
We look forward to welcoming you from 3.00pm on the day of your arrival and ask you to vacate your room by 11am on the day of your departure. You are welcome to make use of the spa facilities from 1pm on the day of arrival and until 12 noon on the day of your departure. We can store your luggage whilst your room is being prepared.
Yes we most certainly can and we endeavour to meet all reasonable special requirements. Where possible, advanced notice is greatly appreciated. We cannot take responsibility for the presence of ingredient traces that may affect guests with dangerous allergies.
We welcome children from the age of 12 in the hotel and The Dining Room. For health and safety reasons the minimum age for the use of the spa and gym facilities is 16. Whatley Manor welcomes children in the hotel and in The Dining Room from the age of 12. Children of all ages are welcome in Grey’s Brasserie and The Sitting Room for afternoon tea.
Our four ground floor rooms are dog friendly and we ask that you inform us at the time of booking that you will be travelling with your well behaved dog. This is so we can get everything ready for you in advance. A supplement of £30 per dog per night will be charged in order to cover additional cleaning requirements. Useful information about the local area, a luxury dog basket, food, treats, poo bags and a toy for your companion will await you in your room on arrival.
Yes, helicopters may land at Whatley Manor in the meadow during daylight hours and with prior notice. We ask that you contact Reception at least two hours before your arrival.
It is not an official heliport and there is not a marker ‘H’ on the lawn although we provide a wind sock on arrival. There are no fire-fighter symbols or landing lights.
Call reservations on 01666 822 888 and our helicopter landing co-ordinates can be found here.
Cotswold Airport also caters for the landing of private jets and helicopters.
Our nearest train station is Chippenham train station (18.5km) and Kemble (19 km).
We have two charging points available to our guests;
Porsche destination charging points located in the guest car park. Porsche is investing in establishing a global charging network: The “Porsche Destination Charging” programme includes a total of 1,035 AC charging stations of which Whatley Manor is one of them. Porsche charging points are located in 20 countries.
Tesla’s destination charging programme provides convenient charging at premium destinations around the world exclusively for Tesla owners. Their charging technology can add up to 68 miles/100 km range pre-hour of charge for visiting Tesla owners. We are a proud partner with Tesla and contribute to sustainable transportation.
Whatley Manor are proud to be a member of the Pride of Britain hotels.
Pride of Britain Hotels
Whatley Manor are proud to be members of Pride of Britain Hotels. Great hospitality is the key to Pride of Britain’s long-standing reputation for excellence in hotel-keeping. A collection of never more than 50 independent, mostly family owned hotels in some of the most beautiful locations around the British Isles. Each has its own distinctive style and character and all are run by people with a passion for great hospitality.
The Art of Great Hospitality.
It Must Be Now
We are very proud to be members of NOW Force for Good Alliance. An affiliation of extraordinary places to stay around the world all with a commitment to care for people and the planet.
We are delighted with our most recent achievements. These recognition’s undoubtedly inspire and motivate the whole team.
In 2021 we were amongst the first UK properties to be awarded a Green Michelin Star in recognition of our sustainable practices.The Green Star recognises restaurants offering dining experiences that combine culinary excellence with outstanding eco-friendly commitments and are a source of inspiration for the hospitality industry as a whole
During 2021 we also gained our Earth Check Bronze accreditation which is a great recognition of our team efforts across every part of the business.
We were also given a gold award from the Sustainable Spa Association for Aquarias Spa and a prestigious Catey Award for our sustainability.