"We stayed in the Ambassador Room, which was lovely, great views and spacious.
We love everything about this lovely place; it's story, the setting, the food and the staff are all amazing."
Jean & Stuart, Salisbury
The Springs is a fine example of a Victorian-style country house. Constructed in 1874, it overlooks a spring-fed lake set in rolling parkland.
The hotel is named after the seven springs which feed the pond. These originate in the Chiltern Hills and rise from the far side of the road.
In the warmer months you can see where the springs rise in the pond by the distinctive 'lilac bloom' in the water. Even though the springs produce a copious 2,000,000 gallons of water a day, and are a valuable water source for the Thames, the water temperature is a constant 53°F. It is for this reason cold water trout have been introduced. There are estimated to be around 200 of them.
1874 - The Springs Hotel is constructed after the potential of the site was discovered by a member of the Royal Household
1912 - Substantial additions including the Winter Gardens and an oak panelled library
1973 - International pop star, Ian Gillan of the band Deep Purple purchases the house and constructs a guitar-shaped pool
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The Springs Hotel is considered by archaeologists to be on a site of a Roman forum (a place of assembly) within a Roman settlement. Indeed it is thought that the bank on which the house stands may have served as a Roman Vallum against invasion.
Sir Alexander Condie Stephens, KCMG - a member of the Royal Household spotted thepotential of the site with its wonderful views of the Thames Valley, and in 1874 built the Springs, one of the first houses in England to be built in the Mock Tudor style. Soon it became a popular weekend residence for diplomats and royalty. Its royal links continued when, years later, the Prince of Wales (King Edward VIII) became a frequent visitor.
In 1912 the house was bought by Sir John Wormald, who made substantial additions to the house including the glass-enclosed Winter Garden, now known as the Lakeside Restaurant, and an oak panelled library. The decorative ceiling he put into the dining room (now the Lord Nelson Room) was a copy from the Scottish hunting Lodge of King James I. This original has since been destroyed by fire and the copy at the Springs remains the only example.
Other owners include the Kayser Family (C. Kayser tragically died when he was electrocuted by a faulty heated shaving mirror); the Rev Barber and a Nottingham Lawyer, who with Archbishop Temple, tried to transform it into theological college; Gordon Rose (acquired it in 1957) and, of course, Ian Gillan of the pop group Deep Purple, who purchased it with his girlfriend in 1973.
Ian Gillan set about restoring it to its former glory for use as a luxury hotel, with oak panelled rooms, carved fireplaces and fine furniture. Among the installations made by the international pop star was the distinctive guitar-shaped swimming pool which is still in use!. Having purchased the property for a mere £100,000 they invester £443,000 of their own money and consequently found themselves in a cash crisis.
The famous English contralto Dame Clara Butt (1873-1936), who lived in North Stoke, is thought to haunt The Springs. In honour of her ghost, a room in the hotel has been named after the opera singer who made her debut at the tender age of 19.
The hotel was aquired by its present owners in 1995 during which time the new on-site golf course has been designed and built and there has been a continuous programme of refurbishment to the hotel itself. The hotel now boasts poolside rooms and luxury suites, a croquet lawn, putting green and outdoor pool.
The hotel now boasts 31 tastefully furnished and decorated bedrooms, some lakeside, some poolside and a few luxury suites. Facilities include golf, sauna, outdoor pool (seasonal), croquet, hot air balloon rides, boat trips and mountain biking.
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