De Vere Latimer Estate unveils £7m renovation

The Grade I listed De Vere Latimer Estate in Buckinghamshire has undergone a £7m refurbishment to bring it up to date for the 21st century.

The new-look De Vere Latimer Estate
The new-look De Vere Latimer Estate

The total number of guestrooms has increased to 205, with the addition of 31 new deluxe rooms and suites that were previously meeting rooms and offices.

The estate's conferencing facilities have also been given an upgrade; the 240-capacity Cavendish Suite now features bi-folding doors on to a new terrace with views across the countryside.

Both residents and members of the public will be able to dine in the new 1838 Restaurant & Bar, with its open kitchen cooking up locally sourced, seasonal British dishes, or enjoy a drink in the new Huntley Bar with views across the Chess Valley.

Nicknamed 'The Spy House' because of its connections with the Second World War, the estate's red brick Tudor-style mansion house became the temporary host of captured German U-boat submarine crews and Luftwaffe pilots during WWII, before becoming the National Defence College until 2006.

Antonio Campanile, general manager at De Vere Latimer Estate, commented: "We’re very proud to have restored this remarkable mansion house back to glory; a lot of time and work has gone in to this project, to ensure homage is paid to its important history. The newly refurbished bedrooms are looking fantastic and we’re already receiving excellent feedback from guests.

"As a popular venue for the meetings, conferences and private events market, the renovation was planned and designed to appeal to all our customers, whilst providing a stylish standout venue in stunning surroundings."

In total the estate boasts 28 meeting and events spaces, some of which are located in the Cormorant and Mews buildings, which sit adjacent to the mansion house. The refurbishment has also seen the introduction of De Vere’s first Burr & Co. coffee shop concept.

Guests of the hotel have access to a gym, indoor pool, sauna, steam room, as well as a boot room which provides complimentary Hunter wellies in which to explore the grounds.


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