A new chapter
The first mention of a manor house at Latimer was recorded as early as 1194 AD. In 1331 it was leased to William Latimer and was passed down through the Latimer family until the 16th-century, when it was bought by William Cavendish.
The red brick Tudor style grand mansion house that still stands at Latimer Estate today was designed by Edward Bore, most notable for his completion of John Nash's design of Buckingham Palace, completing in 1838.
During WW2, the house became the centre of top secret activities run by MI5 and MI6 and is credited with being of similar importance to Bletchley and Wilton Park for gathering vital information that shortened the course of the war - read our blog
More recently, the house was adapted as a training centre from 1971 onwards before turning into a hotel in 2006.
Today, the hotel has undergone an extensive £7m refurbishment project, bringing 21st-century touches to the rich heritage and detailing of the original building and refreshing the modern additions.
The project has seen half of the bedrooms refurbished to reflect modern British heritage using accents of leather, tweed and linen. The Cormorant Suite, the hotel's largest space, has also been completely refreshed and signature coffee shop, Burr & Co. is now open for guests.
The original mansion house has also undergone a complete transformation from top to toe, including the new 1838 Restaurant & Bar with its theatre-style kitchen and outdoor dining courtyard, and the new Huntley Bar, as well as12 additional premium bedrooms, and a stylish new reception.