A History of Horsted
Enough to fill a book
We won’t bore you with a monologue of dates and names, but when it comes to history, Horsted Place Hotel has enough to fill a book.
Built by George Myers in 1850 for Francis Barchard, it’s one of the finest examples of Gothic revivalist architecture you’ll find in Britain today. That’s down largely to the fact that the detail was designed by no less than Augustus Pugin, widely regarded as the most influential architect of his time.
In 1965, the house was sold to Lord and Lady Rupert Nevill, who completely refurbished the property, calling on acclaimed landscape architect Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe to redesign the gardens and grounds. Some of the trees and shrubs came from the Nevills’ previous home, including a myrtle tree grown from a sprig from Queen Victoria’s wedding bouquet.
If it’s royal connections you’re after, we have another gem – as a long-standing friend of the Duke of Edinburgh, Lord Nevill regularly entertained the Queen and Prince Philip at Horsted Place. Today, wedding couples who stay in the Bridal Suite are literally following in the footsteps of our monarch. Take the Queen’s Walk, and you can also re-trace her Majesty’s path that she took when she used to visit Little Horsted’s Norman church nearby.
Now there’s something for you to add to your own history…