Heythrop Park is a Grade II listed early 18th-century country house in Oxfordshire and was our base for our stay near the Cotswolds.
It was designed by the architect Thomas Archer in the Baroque style for Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury. Unfortunately, a fire in 1831 destroyed the original interior and the house remained derelict until 1870, when it was sold to Thomas Brassey. Brassey commissioned the Gothic Revival architect Alfred Waterhouse to rebuild the interior. Waterhouse, worked in a neo-classical style, making the double-height arcaded hall reminiscent of John Vanbrugh rather than Archer. He also added the stained glass windows, by Morris and Co, depicting Faith, Hope and Charity.
The house is now part of the Heythrop Park Resort and retains the impressive hall. While it offers 17 original period bedrooms, we were in the modern part of the venue, that offers 4* accommodation, a range of dining rooms and bars, business facilities, a 400-capacity conference theatre and a ballroom.
The resort offers a map of the resort and the resorts grounds, which includes walking routes to explore.
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