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England

Dumbleton Hall

  • Earlier Houses: An earlier 17th century house was demolished circa 1780 and ultimately replaced by the current house.

    Built / Designed For: Edward Holland

    House & Family History: The famous Mrs. Gaskell, novelist and cousin of Edward Holland, was a frequent visitor to Dumbleton (Holland's eldest son married Mrs. Gaskell's daughter). John Betjeman stayed at Dumbleton and wrote three poems here. Joachim von Ribbentrop, while serving as German ambassador to Britain, was a guest at Dumbleton. During World War II the Women's Land Army was billeted on the top floor of the House; Dumbleton was supposedly also proposed as an alternative home for the House of Lords if the government was forced to abandon London. In 1959 the House was purchased for £180,000 by the Post Office Fellowship of Remembrance (funded as a living memory to the men and women of the Post Office who had died in the world wars) to provide holiday facilities for Post Office employees. Since 1996 Dumbleton has been open to all as a hotel.

  • Architect: George Stanley Repton

    Date: Circa 1830
    Designed: House for Edward Holland

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  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Sir Richard Cocks, 18th century; Cocks family here for 200 years. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Edward Holland, 19th century. Eyres-Monsell family, 1881-1950s.

    Current Ownership Type: Other

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Hotel

    Ownership Details: Owned by the Post Office Fellowship of Remembrance and leased to Classic Hotels, who operate it as Dumbleton Hall Hotel.

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 01386-881-240

    Email: dumbletonhall@pofr.co.uk

    Website: https://www.dumbletonhall.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No