|Hobart Hall Hotel Richmond, Surrey Hobart Hall Hotel, 43 - 47 Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 6UL|
"Connoisseurs of antiquity and gentlefolk craving for peaceful surroundings will find their needs fulfilled at the imposing Hobart Hall (circa 1690 with 1752 additions). Set on the banks of the River Thames, close to Richmond Bridge on a stretch of the Thames renowned for its outstanding beauty, the hotel offers its patrons a unique combination of luxury and history."
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|Connoisseurs of antiquity and gentlefolk craving for peaceful surroundings will find their needs fulfilled at the imposing Hobart Hall (circa 1690 with 1752 additions). Set on the banks of the River Thames, close to Richmond Bridge on a stretch of the Thames renowned for its outstanding beauty, the hotel offers its patrons a unique combination of luxury and history.Our gardens take you down to the Thames embankment where pleasure craft can take you to many places of historical interest, including the ancient coronation town of Kingston, Hampton Court Palace and the famous Teddington Locks. There are many beautiful walks along the river, such as to the enchanting village of Petersham across the meadows, or a little further along to Ham common with its entrance to Richmond Royal Park and its herds of roaming deer.|
Despite the fact that little now remains of the Royal Palace, frequented and lived in by many members of the Royal Family and nobility up to the 17th century, Richmond is still steeped in its Royal history with many of the fine stately homes in use and visited by the public.
|Hobart Hall was by contemporary standards one of the smaller houses, but nevertheless has many interesting associations with that period. Past tenants of Hobart Hall, who often referred to it as the House by the River, included the Countess of Buckinghamshire who, after the death of her husband, the Earl of Buckinghamshire, moved from her home at Blickling Hall in Norfolk to Hobart Hall in order to be near her sister-in-law, the Countess of Suffolk who was living nearby at Marble Hill.|
Her successor at Hobart Hall was her second son, the Honourable Henry Hobart who has been its longest tenant. Apart from playing a major role in local ecclesiastical and civil affairs, he was responsible for the commissioning of Richmond Bridge and laid its foundation stone in 1774. The Bridge was opened to pedestrians and horse traffic in 1777.
During his period of residence, and through his courtesy, the Duke of Clarence (King William IV) resided at the Hall until he moved to Petersham Lodge in 1790.
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|In 1984 the West Wing was completely renovated and modernised to provide eighteen luxury rooms. All rooms have private bath, colour television, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, a trouser press and are centrally heated throughout. Many have panoramic views over the Thames. There is a self-service laundry, ironing facilities and hair dryers are available on request.|
The hotel has a drawing room for the use of residents, complete with log fires during winter months and the fine reception room where the Duke of Clarence entertained many of the nobility is being made into a Functions Room which can be hired for meetings, conferences and private parties. A new linking terraced restaurant is envisaged which will specialise in good international cuisine.
|Richmond also offers a variety of other past times and sporting activities, almost on the doorstep of Hobart Hall. Among the more popular of these are: -|
The lovely Victorian Theatre on Richmond Green and the Orange Tree Theatre by the station with pre West End runs.
The Botanical Gardens at Kew, a favourite haunt of the late Queen Mary.
Polo matches in the grounds of Ham House.
The Thames Television studios at Teddington where the public can witness live performances.
A three screen cinema.
Famous Golf Courses - Royal Mid Surrey at Old Deer park, Richmond Park Golf course at the foot of Richmond park and two public courses in Richmond. Park Horse riding is also available in Richmond Park.
The Old Deer Park Sports Club offers rugby, tennis, cricket, squash, archery, bowls and swimming.
Five other squash courts and a large snooker hall are within easy reach.
All this, together with a fine shopping centre with its antique lanes, makes Richmond the most sought after village in London.
|Our tariff makes provision for both short stay and long term residents. For the latter, arrangements can be made for patrons to provide some of their own furnishings if required. Executive Suites and a Bridal Suite are also envisaged for the future.|