Upton House and Gardens - OX15 6HT - 23 Mins
Come and see how Lord & Lady Bearsted made Upton House and Gardens the perfect country retreat
for their family in the 1930s. You can also discover Lord Bearsted's famous art collection including works
by Bosch, Stubbs and Canaletto.
'The eager eyed around us may have notice many of our bedrooms are named from National Trust
properties due to our love of them'
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A Brief History of Mallory Court
Mallory Court was built in 1916 for James Thomas Holt, who had made his fortune producing cotton in
Preston and had decided to retire to Warwickshire. The architect was P Morley Horder whose houses
were largely in the Home Counties and the Cotswolds (including Lloyd George's home) and he had
already designed one home at the Tachbrook Estate known now as Greys.
P Morley Horder was one of a group of early twentieth century architects who were highly influential in
re-introducing the romantic vernacular styles of the Elizabethan period. Many of his homes were in the
style of Edwin Lutyens, having gables, stone dressings, mullioned windows and inglenooks.
After Holt's death in 1936, the house was sold to Captain (later Sir) John Black, Managing Director of the
Standard Motor Company. He immediately set about increasing the amenities of his new home with such
additions as the oak panelling in the dining rooms, the outdoor pool, the squash court and an extra bath
in the main bathroom, which is now part of the Blenheim Suite.
In 1956, John Anthony Dunbar Lucas, who owned a jewellery factory in the town, bought the house as a
private home for his family. It remained a family home until it was purchased by Alan Holland and Jeremy
Mort in 1976 for £77,500, who subsequently invested much time and energy in realising the full potential
of this remarkable house.
In 1995, the hotel was sold to international hi-tech entrepreneur Sir Peter Rigby, under whose
ownership Mallory Court has been significantly developed with the addition of a new wing of Master
Bedrooms in 1998 the opening of the Knights Suite in 2004 and the launch of the Brasserie at Mallory
in 2005. In 2017 we saw the opening of Orchard House, nestled in the grounds of Mallory, a new build,
sympathetically designed to mirror the style of the main house. This is where our beautiful Elan Spa,
treatment rooms, spa dining space and superior bedrooms are situated.
To this day, Mallory Court has a proud reputation throughout the world for its friendly and unobtrusive
service and rigorous attention to detail and continues to go from strength to strength as one of the
most beautiful Country House Hotels in England, serving as a home from home for its many regular