Historic Hotel Habitation around the area goes as far back as 2,000 years. The property was initially owned by The Shirleys, one of Warwickshire's oldest families that can be traced back over a thousand years. Throughout the years, the old manor house was demolished and replaced by smaller houses from salvaged materials. In 1935, the mansion became a nursing home and a prisoner's camp during World War II, and in 1983 restoration work began in order to be turned into a luxury hotel.
What is the history of the property? The Shirleys, one of Warwickshire’s oldest families, owned Ettington for many years. Their lineage can be traced back over a thousand years. There is also archaeological evidence that there has been human habitation in the area for at least 2,000 years. It is very much possible that a Roman villa once existed on the site of the Ettington Park Hotel, which since that time has undergone many transitions.
What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built? Ettington Park is a spectacular neo-Gothic mansion situated six miles from Stratford-upon-Avon in the picturesque Stour Valley. The house in its new style was built in 1862 with the help of architect John Prichard.
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings? In the hotel grounds there is the Shirley family church built in the Norman style in the 12th Century. The chapel serves as the family mausoleum.
Has restoration work taken place? Over the years there have been many restorations the latest major one was after the fire in 1979 where 20 rooms were built to the side making up the 48 bedrooms the hotel has to offer.
Are there any elements of particular historical importance at the building? The Chapel has painted glass windows depicting the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee and The Library has stained glass windows and an ornate carved ceiling.
Are there any important guests or previous owners worth mentioning? The house is still owned by the Shirley Family
Are there any significant events that took place at the property in the past? In 1935 it became a nursing home and during the Second World War a prisoner of war camp for Italian prisoners. For a brief period Ettington Park was the venue for a night club and disco.
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Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify? The Automobile Association has named Ettington Park as the Most Haunted Hotel in Britain. It has featured in a number of ghost, mystery and horror films. “The Haunting” was filmed there in 1963. It starred Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn. The story was based on the novel “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson.
Haunted Hotel Ettington Park Hotel, housed in an impressive neo-Gothic mansion, used to be a Roman villa during antiquity, a nursing home during the 1930s and many more before it got destroyed in a fire in 1979 and completely renovated to become the hotel it is today. The ghost of Lady Emma, a former governess, is a regular visitor and is often seen wearing a long white dress before she disappears in the walls. Other ghosts include a monk and two young boys who drowned in the nearby river in the 1800s.
Family Friendly Hotel
What percentage of your guests are families?Under 50%
Please suggest which room type a family with one child should choose and where the child will sleep: Executive Family Room with a sofabed
Please suggest which room type a family with two children should choose and where the children will sleep: Executive Family Room with a sofabed
Please suggest which room type a family with three children should choose and where the children will sleep: Executive Family Room with a sofabed and an extra bed /cot
Please suggest which room type a family with one baby should choose and mention if baby cots are provided and the cost: Any room type can accommodate a cot and they are free to use and come with bedding
Please suggest which room type a family with one child and one baby should choose and mention if baby cots are provided and the cost: Executive Family Room with a sofabed and a cot and they are free to use and come with bedding
Please suggest which room type a family with two babies should choose and mention if baby cots are provided and the cost: Any room type can accommodate 2 cots and they are free to use and come with bedding
Baby cot details:Max age:2 Cost:0.00
Can the baby cot be placed in the same room with the parents?Yes
Can the baby cot be placed next to the parents' bed?Yes
Hotel where Extra Health & Safety Measures Have Been Taken Arrival
Do visitors need a health certificate (i.e. a test) prior to arrival? No
Do you perform temperature checks upon guests' arrivals? Yes, to all guests
Do you ensure contactless check-in/check-out? Yes, through plexiglass structures in reception
Do the hotel's main entrance doors open automatically? No
Can guests access their room entrance directly from outside the hotel without entering the lobby? No
Are the rooms left vacant for a minimum period of time after a guest checks out? Yes, for 24 hours.
Is there an option for no in-room housekeeping during a guest's stay? Yes
Do you allow fresh air to enter the rooms by leaving the windows open between departures and arrivals? Yes
Does the cleaning crew wear appropriate personal protective equipment? Yes
Do you sanitize the common areas? Yes, multiple times per day
Are guests' luggage and belongings disinfected upon arrival? No
Do you sanitize guests' keys/cards? Yes
Do you provide thorough cleaning of the rooms? Yes
Are all employees trained and monitored to follow a cleaning protocol? Yes
Do you use disinfectants approved by regulatory authorities that kill the COVID-19 virus? Yes
Do you use electrostatic sprayers with hospital-grade disinfectant to sanitize surfaces? No
Do you disinfect high touch areas in guest rooms including light switches and door handles? Yes
Are elevator rides limited? Yes, to one guest/family per car.
Is furniture in public areas arranged to allow more space for distancing? Yes
Are guest rooms allowed to be accessed until check-in after they were cleaned? No
Does the hotel operate at a limited capacity? Yes, up to 40% of the rooms can be occupied
Does the hotel accept domestic bookings only? Yes
Do you allow people who don't stay or work at the hotel to enter its premises? Yes
Do you allow people who don't stay at the hotel to enter the rooms? Yes
Have you altered check-in / check-out hours to allow more time between departures and arrivals? No
Do you provide medical kits (masks, gloves and sanitizer) to the staff? Yes
Do you provide medical kits (masks, gloves and sanitizer) to the guests? No
Do you provide disinfecting wipes in each room? No
Are there hand sanitizing stations throughout the hotel? Yes
Is there a sanitizing sprayer for shoes outside each room? No
Do you have any signage in lobbies to remind guests to maintain social distancing protocols? Yes
Do you use physical distancing markers? Yes
Do you use delivery robots to get stuff to guests' rooms? No
Is there an individual air-conditioning/heating unit in each room (no central air-conditioning/heating system)? Yes
If there are central air-conditioning/heating/ventilation systems, is air recirculation prevented? Yes
Are carpets removed from guest rooms? No
Are unnecessary items removed from guest rooms, such as decorative pillows, bed scarves, paper notepads and pens? Yes
Are air purification and sanitization devices installed? No
Are linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with the official guidelines? Yes
Is dirty linen bagged in the guest room to eliminate excess contact while being transported to the laundry facility? Yes
Food & Beverage Service
Do you offer pre-made boxed meals to guests? No
Do you offer single-serve options instead of buffets for breakfast? Yes
Do you offer contactless delivery for in-room dining? Yes
Protocols & Certifications
Has there been a person appointed to supervise the correct implementation of the measures? Yes
Do you check temperature for all onsite staff on a scheduled basis? Yes
Do your staff practice social distancing guidelines? Yes
Are there dedicated isolation zones on property? No
Do you have clear guidelines on how to handle suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19)? Yes
Is there a doctor available either on-site or on-call? Yes
Are there any services currently unavailable due to health and safety issues (e.g. valet parking, airport transfer, spa, gym, indoor pool, conference rooms, coffee points, etc.)? Pool closed until 17th May 2021
Has the hotel closed during the pandemic? No
Additional Information: The hotel is open for essential business stays