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Pennyhill Park Hotel

Pennyhill Park Hotel
General information
Location London Road,
Surrey, GU19 5EU
Opening 1981
Owner Exclusive Hotels and Venues
Design and construction
Developer James Hodges
Other information
Number of rooms 123
Number of restaurants 3
Parking Helipad and valet parking

Pennyhill Park Hotel is a 19th-century five star country house hotel and spa in Bagshot, Surrey in the south east of England home to the 45,000 sq. ft. Spa and two Michelin star restaurant, Michael Wignall at The Latymer[1][2]

Pennyhill Park is noteworthy for being the home training ground chosen for the England Rugby Team. The team requested its own pitchside gym and fitness rooms, which were constructed on the hotel premises.[3]


The first historical reference to Pennyhill Park's land relates to when the site was used as a warning beacon point in the national defence against the Spanish Armada in 1588. The construction of the country house itself was started in 1849 by James Hodges, an accomplished civil engineer who would later manage the construction of Montreal's Victoria Bridge, the longest bridge in the world at the time. The buildings were improved in the 1880s to add in an Orangery, and again in 1903 with Bath stonework. In 1935, then-owner Colin Goldsworthy Heywood developed the terracing of its formal gardens after being impressed by similar work at the Château de Villandry in France. The British government used Pennyhill Park's grounds and its accommodation buildings as lodging for military personnel in World War I (the land is five miles (8 km) from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst). This was mainly for commissioned officers. The country house opened its doors as a hotel in 1972;[4] its restaurant is headed by celebrity Chef Michael Wignall, who has appeared on shows such as Great British Menu during his time there.[5][6]


Pennyhill Park is located in Bagshot, Surrey in the south east of England. The nearest airport is London Heathrow Airport and the nearest train stations are Ascot, Sunningdale or Bagshot's own station (Station Road).[7][8]


  1. ^ "Michelin Guide 2013: Two stars for L'Enclume, Sketch and Michael Wignall at The Latymer". Big Hospitality. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Hewitt, Jasmina (29 August 2008). "Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa: Hotel watch Jasmina Hewitt finds some country-house delights at the newly refurbished Pennyhill Park Hotel in Surrey.". Daily Telegraph (London, United Kingdom). Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "England choose Pennyhill Park". Pennyhill Park Hotel's website. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  4. ^ "Pennyhill Park History". Pennyhill Park Hotel's website. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  5. ^ "7 Michelin Stars in one week at The Pass at South Lodge Hotel in Sussex". Foodpedia. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  6. ^ "Interview with Michael Wignall, The Latymer, June 2008". Fine Dining Guide. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  7. ^ "Location". Pennyhill Park Hotel's website. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  8. ^ "Location". Pennyhill Park Spa's website. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 

External links

  • Pennyhill Park site
  • Spa UK site
  • The Latymer Restaurant

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